Federal charges have been filed against two men suspected in at least one bank robbery in Iowa. Grinnell police officer Jeff Hughes says 27-year-old Jason Oppe and 24-year-old Cameron Hogue may have been on a spree that covered a good deal of eastern Iowa. After meeting with the FBI and other agencies in the multi-jurisdictional investigation, they decided there are so many involved, the federal charge would be the way to process all the information. The two were arrested after banks were robbed within two hours of each other in Newton and then in Grinnell, and witnesses gave police a description of a suspect, a man waiting in a getaway car, and the car’s Illinois license plate. Hughes says both Oppe and Hogue are suspected in several other bank robberies in eastern Iowa, including holdups in Iowa City, Dubuque and Washington. They’ll be taken to the federal courthouse in Peoria, Illinois, and after appearing on the federal charges there, he’s not sure where the two will be held or taken next. The Grinnell State bank was robbed on July second. Just before the Independence day weekend Oppe was arrested at his home in Geneseo and Hogue in Peoria, and the two have been jailed since in Henry County, Illinois.
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