Bond Set at $1 Million for Bank Robbery, Shooting Suspects

KCRG/Gazette/Waterloo Courier/Associated Press Staff Reports

Bremer County Sheriff Duane Hildebrandt escorts Jeremiah Mumford, front, into court Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Waverly. In back are Chief Deputy Dan Pickett with William Clayton. Mumford is charged with four counts of terrorism and six counts of attempted murder stemming from a bank robbery Tuesday in Maynard. Clayton is charged with four counts of terrorism and six counts aiding and abetting attempted murder. (DENNIS MAGEE / Courier)

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By Aaron Hepker
By Ellen Kurt

WAVERLY, Iowa - William Clayton of Osage and Jeremiah Mumford of New Hampton could effectively spend the rest of their lives in prison if convicted on all counts leveled against them Thursday in Bremer County District Court.

The two men allegedly attempted to rob the Maynard Savings Bank a day earlier, shooting two officers and prompting a massive response by federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies.

Mumford is charged with four counts of terrorism and six counts of attempted murder. Clayton is charged with four counts of terrorism and six counts of aiding and abetting attempted murder.

Each charge is a Class B felony. Terrorism is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Attempted murder is punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

The Bremer County Attorney's Office asked for bond to be set at $1 million, cash only, for both men.

"We had two officers injured, one who is currently hospitalized," Assistant County Attorney Jill Dashner told Magistrate Karen Thalacker this morning.

Thalacker agreed and did set bond for Mumford and Clayton at the requested amount.

Law enforcement officials responded to Maynard about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. A firefighter quickly spotted their vehicle after law enforcement officials were warned to be on the lookout. Other officers responded and chased the car along county roads for about 30 miles as the suspects repeatedly fired shots at pursuing vehicles.

In the process, Sumner Police Chief Dennis Cain and Trooper Mark Domino with the Iowa State Patrol came under fire. The suspects fired a "high number of rounds" from multiple rifles and handguns, said Larry Hedlund, a special agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Police officers also fired shots in the "running gun battle," but it's not clear how many and none of them hit the suspects, Hedlund said.

Cain was shot in the neck, hand and thumb. He underwent surgery Tuesday night at Allen Hospital in Waterloo.

Hospital spokesman Jim Waterbury says Cain was shot through the neck with one bullet while a second went through his thumb and then through his shoulder.

Waterbury says Cain is responsive and his family feels good about his progress. He says Cain will be transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics later Wednesday for hand surgery.

Domino, a 30-year veteran of the patrol based in Mason City, was shot in the bicep and was released from the hospital Tuesday, said Sgt. Scott Bright, a spokesman for the Iowa State Patrol. He said initial reports suggest Domino continued pursuing the suspects even after he was shot.

"He's very dedicated to the state patrol. In a situation like this, he's going to fight to the end. That's the type of guy he is," Bright said. "If it is true that he got injured but still pursued them, that's a very honorable thing. He still wanted to get the suspects even though he was shot."

The manhunt for Mumford and Clayton took about seven hours. The two men were surrounded in an area covering about two square miles near Frederika.

They hid out in a wooded area at a rock quarry as dozens of police officers searched for them. Mumford and Clayton were eventually arrested while trying to crawl out of the area on their stomachs shortly before 7 p.m.

Investigators were trying to piece together how the chase and shootings unfolded. Several police vehicles were damaged by gunshots, including a state trooper's car and an Iowa Department of Transportation vehicle, he said.
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