Incident Summary:

1/25/1994: Two members of the Aryan Republican Army robbed the FirstStar Bank in Ames, Iowa, United States. The perpetrators left a fake bomb behind before leaving. $11,000 was stolen.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Next to Ames Mall

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity FirstStar Bank
Specific Description FirstStar Bank, Ames Iowa
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $11,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Fake Weapons
Weapon Details
Fake bomb made of road flares, black electrical tape, wires and a clock.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The robbery took place at 5:30 PM and lasted less than one minute. Pete Langan went inside the bank to steal the money while Richard Guthrie covered the outside. The FBI would classify this as the first robbery committed by the Aryan Republican Army.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Aryan Republican Army No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Mark S. Hamm, "In Bad Company: America's Terrorist Underground," Northeastern University Press, 2002.
Richard Leiby, "The Saga of Pretty Boy Pedro; How a Wheaton Kid Became a Neo-Nazi Bank Robber, and One Confused Human Being," Washington Post, February 13, 1997.
Mark S. Hamm, "Terrorism as Crime: From Oklahoma City to Al-Qaeda and Beyond," New York University Press, 2007.