Feds solve deadly bank robbery case with DNA from licked envelope

Authorities have arrested the suspect in a 2003 fatal bank robbery with help from a tipster and a stealthy DNA sample from an envelope.

Richard Leon Wilbern was arraigned in federal court for his alleged involvement in the robbery 13 years ago that left one dead and one wounded.

Federal agents claim he walked into the Xerox Federal Credit Union on August 13, 2003 disguised as an FBI agent and pretended to conduct a security assessment.

After that, he is believed to have pulled out two guns, killing a man and taking more than $10,000.

Investigators were looking into the tip when Wilbern called the FBI to report a suspected real estate scam.

When agents met with Wilbern, who served time for a 1980 bank robbery, they had him sign paperwork and lick an envelope, from which they obtained a DNA sample.

They matched that sample to one taken from an umbrella left behind at the bank robbery 13 years earlier.

Wilbert has been charged with bank robbery resulting in death and weapons counts. The charge make him eligible for the federal death penalty, though federal executions are rare.

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1968: Ruth Eisemann-Schier

Eisemann-Schier, disguised as a man, and her lover kidnapped Barbara Mackle, 20, a student at Emory University in Atlanta, on Dec. 17, 1968. 

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1969: Marie Dean Arrington

Arrington, then 36, escaped from the Lowell Correctional Institution Annex in Marion County, Florida, in 1969 while she was awaiting execution for the murder of a legal secretary for the lawyer who'd failed to get her two children acquitted of felony charges. 

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1970: Angela Davis

Davis, then 26, was a famous communist organizer who'd been fired from her job as an assistant philosophy professor at UCLA when a guns she'd bought were used in the armed escape of three murder defendants from a Marin County, California, courtroom in August 1970. 

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1970: Bernardine Dohrn

Dohrn, a leader of the Weather Underground, also known as the Weathermen, was listed in 1970 for her general radical activities.

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1970: Katherine Ann Power & Susan Edith Saxe

Power and Saxe, then 21 and radical roommates at Brandeis University, and two male ex-convicts robbed a Boston bank.

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1987: Donna Jean Willmott

Willmott, then 37, and her husband, Claude Daniel Marks, then 38, had already been fugitives for two years when they were added to the FBI list in 1987 in connection with an attempt to help radical Puerto Rican separatist Oscar López Rivera escape from federal prison.

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2007: Shauntay Henderson

Henderson, then 24, the alleged leader of a Kansas City, Missouri, gang, captured March 31, 2007 — the same day she went on the list — in connection with the 2006 execution-style shooting death of a man who was sitting in his car outside a convenience store.

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