Mumford, Clayton Appear in Court on Bank Robbery Charges

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

WEST UNION, Iowa - A Fayette County robbery suspect says jail has been what he'd expected while smiling and leaving court Monday morning. Both Jeremiah Mumford, 24, and William Clayton, 19, were in court to face charges stemming from an October bank robbery, which led to the shooting of two police officers and a massive manhunt in Bremer County.

Mumford faces charges in Fayette County of terrorism, robbery and two counts of attempted murder. Clayton faces charges of terrorism, robbery and aiding and abetting attempted murder. The two also face similar charges in Bremer County. Monday they were transported to the Fayette County courthouse to formally be read their charges in the county, which had been filed shortly after the incident.

Investigators say Mumford and Clayton walked into the Maynard Savings Bank last October armed with assault rifle(s). They got away with more than $15,000 in cash, according to a criminal complaint. During a pursuit, which crossed county lines, the men allegedly wounded two officers.

"It's jail," Mumford said as he was escorted to a waiting squad car after the hearing. When asked what life has been like he replied: "What you'd expect in jail."

Clayton declined to say anything as he was taken out of court.

Both men are scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in Fayette County later this month.
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