Two brothers face charges in St. Louis bank robberies

Friday, July 12, 2002

ST. LOUIS -- Two brothers arrested at the scene of a police standoff this week each have been accused of robbing a St. Louis bank, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The government alleges that Joseph Shields, 25, drove the getaway vehicle while 29-year-old Leslie Shields robbed a FirstBank site on June 10. Nine days later, authorities said, Leslie Shields robbed a local Royal Bank location. The brothers are from Lebanon in south-central Missouri.

In both holdups, investigators said, Leslie Shields showed tellers a handgun in his waistband.

Both brothers have implicated each other in the FirstBank robbery, authorities said.

The men are in federal custody and are scheduled to appear in court next week.

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