RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - News 4 has learned the name of the man killed during the Bank of America robbery on Wednesday, October 16th. Charles "Bob" Sperry, 80, was killed during the robbery allegedly committed by Van McDuffie.
According to an affidavit by Erron Terry, Special Agent with FBI, shortly after 10:00am, Van McDuffie entered the Bank of America pushing several people.
McDuffie approached the teller counter and handed the teller a bag, stating, “This is a robbery. Give me all your money,” and showed her a gun.
The teller then started to give McDuffie the money, when Sperry, who was at the next teller, turned toward McDuffie telling him “get out of here.” McDuffie turned toward Sperry, pulled out his gun and shot Sperry, killing him. McDuffie then moved to the teller demanding money. He got the money and ran from building.
An off-duty Reno Police Officer was in the bank at the time. He called 911 and then chased after the suspect. McDuffie was waiting at a bus stop when the Reno Police approached him from behind and subdued him.
The FBI agent said McDuffie confessed to robbing the Bank of America and shooting Sperry because he believed that Sperry was interfering with the robbery.