Bank robbery suspect waives initial hearing
By Emma Breysse, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
February 7, 2013
The man accused of robbing U.S. Bank in Jackson on New Year’s Eve waived his scheduled hearing Wednesday.
Corey Allan Donaldson, 39, opted to forgo a preliminary hearing in federal court in Cheyenne, court clerks said.
He faces a bank robbery charge after authorities say he took $140,750 from the bank.
At his appearance Wednesday, he also did not contest the terms of his incarceration, though federal public defender Jim Barrett reserved the right to do so at a future date, court clerks said.
Donaldson, an Australian national living in Utah, has been in several jails in two states since his arrest Jan. 22.
Federal marshals moved him from the Sweetwater County Detention Center Monday morning. Staff at the Laramie County Jail in Cheyenne said he was not in their facility, and the U.S. marshals refused to disclose his location.
Donaldson, a twice-published self-help author, is accused of meeting with the manager of U.S. Bank in Jackson, then threatening to blow up the building if he didn’t get $2 million, according to court files. He took the $140,750 and eluded police for 22 days.
Police in Clinton, Utah, arrested him after federal and Jackson authorities located the owner of a gray Toyota Tundra pickup Donaldson is believed to have driven to and from a pay phone at the Jackson Maverik station.
The truck owner identified the man in security footage from the bank as Donaldson, and later called police to alert them to his location, according to court files.
Donaldson said in a phone interview Wednesday that he committed the robbery so he could give the money to the homeless.