Two Olathe men guilty of bank robbery

Two Olathe, Kansas, men are facing prison sentences after taking part in a pair of bank robberies.

A federal jury in Kansas City, Kansas, convicted Michael Shiferaw, 22, of Olathe of two counts of armed bank robbery, and two counts of discharging a firearm in connection with a bank robbery.

Kenya Breakfield, 23, of Olathe pleaded guilty to one count of armed bank robbery and one count of discharging a firearm in connection with a bank robbery.

According to court documents, in October 2018, Shiferaw and Breakfield went into a Wells Fargo bank in Leawood, Kansas, wearing face masks and carrying handguns.

Shiferaw fired a shot into the ceiling upon entering. He then pointed a gun at the tellers and forced them to fill a duffel bag with money. The men fired another round into the ceiling, yelling “happy holidays” before fleeing the bank with the money.

In March 2019, the men robbed the Commerce Bank in Roeland Park, Kansas. This time Breakfield remained in the vehicle as the getaway driver, and Shiferaw entered the bank alone.

Shiferaw fired four rounds during the robbery, including one aimed at a customer trying to enter the bank.

The defendants were arrested shortly after the second robbery, and law enforcement recovered the firearm used in both crimes. Prosecutors agreed to drop the charges against Breakfield in connection with the Commerce Bank robbery in exchange for his guilty plea in the Wells Fargo case. Shiferaw elected to go to trial.

A bank robbery conviction carries a maximum of 25 years in prison for each count. A conviction of discharging a firearm during a bank robbery carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, consecutive with any other sentence.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Olathe Police Department, Leawood Police Department, Roeland Park Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals Service investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Flannigan prosecuted the case.

Mentors sought for veterans court

Mentors are being sought who can help other veterans seeking to overcome challenges while resolving court-related issues.

Mentors, who are U.S. military veterans, can help other veterans bridge the gap between legal requirements and treatment needs to assist participants in navigating the course as they go through Wyandotte County veterans court.

Those who are interested in serving as mentors may contact Frank Neal at

Two bound over for trial in Tequila Bar multiple murder case

Hugo Villanueva-Morales
Javier Alatorre

Two men were bound over for trial related to the shootings at the Tequila Bar, 1013 Central Ave., on Oct. 6, 2019, that resulted in four deaths and other injuries.

Hugo Villanueva-Morales and Javier Alatorre were bound over after a preliminary hearing in Wyandotte County District Court, according to a spokesman for the Wyandotte County district attorney.

Each was charged with one count of capital murder, one count of attempted murder in the first degree, five counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated assault. Also, Villanueva-Morales and Alatorre were each indvidually charged with one count of criminal possession of a firearm.

Arraignment on the charges is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 20 in Division 9.