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      Ottumwa bank robber heads to slammer

      Ryan Zasaretieri
      On June 24 2011, Ryan Nicholas Zasareti, age 22, of Charleston, Illinois, was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment in connection with three bank robberies in southeast Iowa, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.

      Judge John A. Jarvey also sentenced Zasareti to three years supervised release following imprisonment and ordered payment of restitution to the victims of the robberies.

      On April 9, 2010, Zasareti and his co-defendant, Morris Thompson, robbed the Community First Credit Union in Ottumwa, Iowa. A few hours later, the pair robbed the Wayland State Bank in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. On August 17, 2010, Thompson alone robbed thePNC Bank in Louisville, Kentucky, and on September 16, 2010, Zasareti and Thompson again robbed the Wayland State Bank in Mt. Pleasant.

      Shortly after the Wayland State Bank robbery on September 16, an alert trooper of the Iowa State Patrol observed a suspicious van eastbound from Mt. Pleasant and recorded the license number. Detectives learned through the van TMs registered owner that the van had been borrowed by Zasareti and Thompson. After evidence from the bank robbery scenes linked

      Zasareti and Thompson to the robberies, they were arrested in Central Illinois. Thompson TMs arrest involved a high speed vehicle chase and foot pursuit.

      This case was investigated by the Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant Police Departments, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney TMs Office, Southern District of Iowa.

      From the U.S. Attorney's Office