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Palo bank robbers now face federal charges


Two men who wore black face masks during a robbery of Palo Savings Bank last month were indicted and charged in federal court last week.

Last Friday in U.S. District Court, Lance L. Monden, 33, of Cedar Rapids, and Stanley E. Mosley Jr., 36, of Iowa City, originally charged in state court, pleaded not guilty to one count each of bank robbery and aiding and abetting in robbery. The two men are accused of robbing the bank on May 20. According to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, they received a 911 call from someone inside the bank, saying two men wearing hoodies and black face masks had robbed the bank.

Katherine Pihl, 39, of Tiffin, also was indicted for bank robbery and aiding and abetting in robbery, but she hasn’t appeared in court at this time. According to police, Pihl was the getaway driver in the robbery.

A trial date for Monden and Mosley is set for Aug. 8 in U.S. District Court.

Sheriff’s deputies talked to additional witnesses who said they saw the masked men leave the bank on foot and drove off in a gray Ford Taurus, according to a news release last month.

No weapons were displayed during the robbery and no injuries were reported.

Sheriff’s deputies located the vehicle, driven by a woman, going southbound on Covington Road, about six minutes after the alarm sounded and made a traffic stop near Rogers Road. While searching the vehicle, deputies found the two robbery suspects hiding in the trunk.

Mosley has a previous conviction for bank robbery, according to an article published in The Gazette about eight years ago. Mosley, at the time, was arrested when he was found under a foot bridge after robbing Freedom Security Bank in Coralville. Mosley was released from prison July 29, 2015, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections, and was on work release until Feb. 2, 2016.

Pihl has a variety of criminal charges but no felonies and Monden has a conviction for drugs, according to court records.

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