Muncie: Justin Mychal Smith Gets 17 Years in Prison

Muncie: Justin Mychal Smith Gets 17 Years in Prison

Armed Bank Robber, Justin Mychal Smith Gets 17 Years in Prison

GRAND RAPIDS, MN (STL.News) U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that Justin Mychal Smith, 28, of Muncie, Indiana, was sentenced to serve 17 years in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for participating in armed bank robbery and the brandishing of a pistol during the robbery.  U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff also imposed a period of supervised release of 5 years and ordered Smith to pay $5,090 in restitution.  In March 2020, Smith’s co-defendant, Trayshauon Raheim Atkinson, 22, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was sentenced to serve 11 years in prison.

On November 30, 2018, Smith and Atkinson entered the PNC Bank on Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo.  Atkinson handed the teller a handwritten note, which stated, “I HAVE A BOMB…DON’T MAKE NO MOVES…GIVE ME ALL THE MONEY…MOVE FAST.” At the same time, Smith produced a semiautomatic pistol and pointed it directly at the teller’s face.  Smith scaled the teller’s counter, with the pistol still pointed at her.  He moved over to another teller in front of Atkinson and shoved the gun into the face of that teller.  She recoiled back and Smith grabbed the cash.

Atkinson was identified and arrested shortly after the robbery. 

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