July 25, 2012 Edition

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Man arrested after bank robbery

Shantelle Prater
Staff Writer

On July 20, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department arrested Randall Morris, 36, of Ravenden for commercial burglary and theft of property.

According to the report, the sheriff's department received a 911 call at 2:56 p.m. reporting that the Citizens Bank at Imboden had been robbed.

"The teller was able to give a good description of the subject's clothes and that he fled in a small, white car," said Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson. "A deputy happened to be close to the bank and was able to locate the white car in just a few minutes."

Sheriff Dotson said that the deputy followed the car until backup arrived and stopped the vehicle in Ravenden around 3:07 p.m. Morris was then taken into custody without incident.

"Management of The Citizens Bank is thankful that the robbery attempt at our Imboden branch resulted in a quick apprehension of a suspect and no injuries," said Greg Shaver, executive vice president.

"We never want our associates to be faced with a robbery situation; however, we do have predefined security procedures to follow in the event that a robbery situation arises. We praise the courage of our associates at Imboden and their professional implementation of the necessary robbery security procedures, which not only helped to insure their physical safety but also brought about a rapid apprehension of the suspect."

Several law enforcement agencies responded to the scene including the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, Black Rock Police Department, Hoxie Police Department and the Arkansas State Police. AET ambulance was also on the scene.

Morris was transported to the Lawrence County Jail to await a bond hearing.

"Investigators went to the bank and processed the crime scene and watched the video surveillance footage of the robbery," Dotson said. "The video showed that no weapon was used in the robbery; Morris jumped the counter and started grabbing cash. He then fled the bank on foot to another business where the car had been left."

A check of the vehicle showed that the vehicle did not belong to Morris, and was out of Randolph County.

"The owner was contacted at their work and did not know it was missing," said Dotson. "Randolph County will be working the car theft."

Dotson reported that at this time, it is believed that most, if not all, of the money has been recovered.

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