ST. LOUIS, (KMOX) – Acting on a tip, the FBI was able to stop a planned bank robbery last November before the four men involved were able to pull it off.
According to the indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s office, the FBI received information that Ray Anthony Bassett, Willie James Basset, and Anthony McAllister, along with Otis McAllister, were planning to hit a branch of the Pulaski Bank early in the morning on Friday, November 4, 2011.
The Bassetts and Anthony McAllister are associates of Otis McAllister, who is currently serving 37 years in federal prison for the armed robberies of St. Louis-area banks and credit unions over a five-year period. Those robberies netted more than $1.4 million and involved taking bank employees as hostages at gun point.
The indictment states that as part of the bank robbery conspiracy, the Bassetts drove to St. Louis County from Memphis, TN, to stay at Anthony McAllister’s house on Lilac Avenue on November 1, 2011, a few days before the planned bank robbery.
Ray Anthony Bassett, 41, Memphis, TN, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony count each of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, attempted bank robbery, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Willie James Bassett, Jr., 42, Memphis, TN, was indicted on one felony count each of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and attempted bank robbery. Anthony McAllister, 41, St. Louis County; and Otis McAllister, 48, were each indicted on one felony count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence.
If the defendants are convicted, these charges carry penalties ranging from five years to life in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.