WPR News
7:26 am
Thu April 20, 2006

Suspect in Bank Robbery ID'd

Laramie, Wy – The man accused of robbing a bank in
Cheyenne last Friday and then leading police on a high-speed chase to Laramie had been scheduled to close on a house purchase that day, the F-B-I says.
Edward Lee Vanek told his girlfriend before the robbery that he was heading to his bank to straighten out a delayed money transfer, according to the F-B-I.
Vanek, age 45, was shot twice by police last Friday in a house in Laramie about an hour after the robbery of a First Interstate Bank in Cheyenne.
Vanek made an initial court appearance from his bed at Ivinson Memorial Hospital on Tuesday before Albany County Circuit Court Judge Robert Castor.
According to papers filed in court by the U-S Attorney's Office, Vanek faces penalties ranging from seven years to life imprisonment plus fines of up to 500-thousand dollars if convicted of armed bank robbery and carrying a firearm during a violent crime.