The man suspected of robbing First Community Bank in Hardy before robbing two Missouri banks and another in Kansas has been captured in Joplin, Mo.
Joplin police arrested John Earl Hall II, 43, Nov. 8 while conducting a traffic stop.
Lt. Geoff Jones said police stopped Hall, who was riding a Harley Davidson, about 6:15 p.m. after a call reporting that two men, one driving a Monte Carlo and another driving a Harley Davidson, had been to the local O'Reily Auto Part stores purchasing HEAT, a substance commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Once stopped, Hall allegedly reaching into his leather coat. Officers stopped him and found a loaded handgun in the waistband of his pants, Jones said.
"He gave a fake name, and I think they found his true identity in his wallet," Jones said.
Jones did not know if the motorcycle belonged to Hall.
"They never charged him with anything like that so I'm guessing it checked out," he said.
Hall is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon, a felony.
Hall is being held in the Jasper County (Mo.) Jail on a $23,500 bond. Even if Hall was to post bond he still would not be released from custody. He also has a hold in place from the U.S. Marshal Service, according to jail records.
Hall is charged with a parole violation, forgery, two counts of second degree robbery and one count of first degree robbery, Jones said. The two second degree robbery charges are from Saint Genevieve County (Mo.) Sheriff's Office and Kansas City FBI. The first degree charge was filed by the U.S. Marshal Service, he said.
Hall had been on the run since he allegedly entered the Hardy bank around 9:15 a.m. Aug. 8. The robber displayed a semi-automatic pistol to a teller and demanded she fill a plastic grocery bag with cash. After the teller complied the robber left on foot. Despite roadblocks being set up throughout the area, the robber escaped capture.
Exactly one week later, the Bank of Bloomsdale in Bloomsdale, Mo., south of St. Louis, was robbed. On Aug. 24 Adrian Bank in Adrian, Mo., near Kansas City, was robbed at gunpoint. Then on Sept. 6 First Option Bank in LaCygne, Kan., south of Kansas City, was robbed. Each robbery was performed in a similar fashion by suspects with similar physical descriptions. No one was injured in any of the robberies.
The amount of cash the robber received from each robbery has not been disclosed. COX.net for northeast Kansas reported that the robber got away with two bags which contained more than $150,000 in cash from the LaCygne bank.
Hall was linked to the robberies through surveillance footage recorded in the banks. The robbers in all of the banks had one unique trait in common; all of the robbers had a Band-Aid strip under the left eye.
Hall was identified by surveillance photographs that Wendall Jines, special agent of the Arkansas State Police, sent to the Missouri Department of Corrections by e-mail Aug. 22. Missouri authorities responded back Aug. 24, he said.
Hall has a teardrop tattoo under his left eye and numerous other tattoos over his body.
Hall was paroled from the Missouri Department of Corrections in Jefferson City Aug. 1. He was to take a train to Kansas City and check in at a community center Aug. 2, but Hall never showed up, Jines said.
Hall was convicted of tampering, similar to theft by receiving charges, in January 2005, Jines said. His rap sheet also includes an assortment of motor vehicle theft convictions from Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Florida.