Incident Summary:

3/29/1995: Four members of the Aryan Republican Army robbed the Boatman's Bank in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. The perpetratros left behind a fake pipe bomb at the bank and a live grenade in one of the getaway cars. $28,225 was stolen.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Des Moines

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Boatman's Bank
Specific Description Boatman's Bank, Des Moines 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 $28,255.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Fake Weapons
Weapon Details
Taurus 9-millimeter pistol, Astra .45-caliber handgun, .45-caliber Glock handgun, a grenade, and a fake bomb.
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 9:30 AM and lasted forty-five seconds. Pete Langan, Richard Guthrie, and Kevin McCarthy entered the bank wearing construction worker uniforms. Langan and Guthrie stole the money while McCarthy carried a fake bomb held in an Easter basket. Scot Stedeford drove the getaway car.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Aryan Republican Army No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
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.
Mark S. Hamm, "Terrorism as Crime: From Oklahoma City to Al-Qaeda and Beyond," New York University Press, 2007.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.