Incident Summary:

5/23/1995: Two members of the Aryan Republican Army robbed the Great Financial Bank in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. The perpetrators left behind a fake bomb. It is unknown exactly how much money was stolen because the money was attached to a dye pack used by the bank as a security device. While the robbers were driving away, the dye pack exploded and only $2,400 was able to be salvaged.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Near Interstate-65

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Great Financial Bank
Specific Description Great Financial Bank, Louisville Kentucky
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 Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Fake Weapons
Weapon Details
Pistols 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 Pete Langan and Richard Guthrie entered the bank wearing construction worker uniforms. Pete Langan stole the money while Richard Guthrie placed the fake bomb on a table and yelled out Spanish phrases. The date of the incident was specifically chosen to coincide with the date that the remains of the Murrah building in Oklahoma City, the building bombed by Timothy McVeigh, were destroyed. Langan and Guthrie shared many anti-government beliefs with McVeigh and were even suspected of collaborating with him.
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.
Mark S. Hamm, "Terrorism as Crime: From Oklahoma City to Al-Qaeda and Beyond," New York University Press, 2007.