3 sentenced in kidnapping, bank robbery heist in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three people have been sentenced to prison after kidnapping bank employees and robbing multiple banks in Memphis.

According to a release from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Antonio Johnson, 44; Travis Jackson, 37; and Shalundra Johnson, 39, were found guilty after a four-day federal trial in June.

On Sept. 14, 2018, around 2:15 a.m., an employee of Trustmark Bank on Elvis Presley Boulevard got off work from her second job and arrived home. As she walked into the home, a man armed with a gun grabbed her and pushed her inside, the release said.

The victim was zip-tied and taken to the bank to get approximately $73,400.

Travis Jackson’s DNA was recovered from the zip-ties used, the release said.

On Dec. 7 of that year, an employee of the First Tennessee Bank on Elvis Presley Boulevard also arrived home from work, and a man in a mask approached her car.

The man forced the victim to the passenger seat at gunpoint and drove her to a location near the bank, records show.

She was zip-tied and taken to the bank to retrieve approximately $110,435.

Jackson’s DNA was recovered again from zip-ties used on the victim and at the scene.

His cell phone records placed him at the bank at the time of the robbery, the release said.

Cell phone records also placed Antonio Johnson at the victim’s house and the bank at the time of the kidnapping and robbery.

A tracking device was placed on the victim’s vehicle so the suspects could determine where she lived, officials said.

On April 4, 2019, an employee of the First South Financial Credit Union on E. Shelby Drive arrived home in Horn Lake, Miss. when armed men came inside.

They zip-tied her hands and demanded keys to the bank, the release said.

The victim, along with a 3-year-old child, was forced into her car and driven to the bank.

Approximately $425,000 was taken during a robbery, officials said.

Shalundra Johnson placed a tracking device on the victim’s car, and cell phone records and other evidence proved the suspects’ involvement in the kidnappings and robberies, the release said.

Jackson was sentenced to 45.3 years in federal prison with three years supervised release.

Antonio Johnson was sentenced to 36 years with three years supervised release.

Shalundra Johnson was sentenced to 11.6 years with three years supervised release, officials said.

There is no parole in the federal system.