Arrow-right Camera


Jail Escapees Linked To Bank Robbery Fake Bomb Used As Diversion In Salt Lake City Building

SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 1997

Two of three men who made an audacious escape from Kent City Jail early this month have been linked by authorities to a bold bank robbery in Salt Lake City on March 21.

Photographs taken by security cameras were used to tentatively identify the bank robbers as two of the escapees, who remained at large.

The robbery occurred after someone left a suitcase with a flashing light affixed to it in a business-office complex in downtown Salt Lake City, apparently as a diversion. Police converged on the building, only to find a fake bomb.

A few minutes later, a man brandishing an explosive device and wearing a fake beard robbed a bank in another part of the city, fleeing in the manager’s car with $30,000. Hidden in the money was an explosive reddye pack.

On Monday, three days after the robbery, two men with red-stained bills tried to pass money believed to have been taken in the robbery. Investigators believe about half the money taken in the robbery was ruined.

Federal marshals believe that Gerald R. Zachow and Martin J. Macauley, who escaped from the Kent City Jail between the late hours of March 9 and early hours of March 10, were involved in the heist.

Zachow is suspected of robbing the bank and Macauley of trying to pass the money. Macauley also had the skills to make the fake bomb, which apparently was used as a diversionary tactic, investigators said.

The third escapee, Anatoli A. Federov, apparently has split from the other two and his whereabouts aren’t known, according to the marshals service.

Zachow, 44, was identified from security-camera photographs taken at the bank, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Denny Behrend in Seattle.

Macauley, 35, who was tentatively identified in the money-passing attempt, is believed to have been with another man, who is identified in court records as a possible accomplice in the escape.

Click here to comment on this story »