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Another bank robbery; same guy?

Thursday, September 21, 2006

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JOHN EARL HALL II
A Kansas City man being sought for the armed robberies of a Hardy bank and two Missouri banks is now a suspect in yet another bank robbery -- this time in Kansas.

Around 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 a white male armed with a handgun entered the First Option Bank in LaCygne, Kan., about 50 miles south of Kansas City, and demanded that tellers put money in a grocery bag, according to a press release from Linn County Kansas Sheriff Marvin Stites. The robber then left the bank and was seen getting into a late model maroon or red extended cab Chevrolet pickup. No one was injured, the release said.

The robber is 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall with a slender build, according to the release. At the time of the robbery he was wearing a button up shirt unbuttoned over a T-shirt. He was wearing denim jeans.

Although the press release did not disclose the amount of money taken in the robbery, COX.net for northeast Kansas reported that the tellers loaded two bags with more than $150,000 in cash. The Web site also reported that the man fled in a white Chevrolet pickup.

Federal indictments are pending against John Earl Hall II, 43.

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 he never showed up, said Wendall Jines, special agent of the Arkansas State Police.

A warrant has been issued for Hall's arrest for parole violation in Missouri. Hall was convicted of tampering, similar to theft by receiving charges, in January 2005, Jines said. His rap sheet also consists of an assortment of motor vehicle theft convictions from Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Florida.

Hall was identified by photographs Jines sent to the Missouri Department of Corrections by e-mail Aug. 22. Missouri authorities responded back Aug. 24, he said.

Hall is described as 6 feet tall and weighing about 188 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. He has a teardrop tattoo under his left eye, a tattoo of a skull with Indian flames on his left arm, tattoos of a skull, tree, mushroom, swastika and flames on his right arm. He also has a skull tattoo on his chest and "Love" tattooed on a finger on his left hand.

Hall is linked to the robberies through surveillance footage recorded in the banks. They all have one unique trait in common; all of the robbers have had a Band-Aid strip under the left eye.

In the Hardy robbery the suspect, originally thought to be in his mid 30s, had short dark hair and a mustache. He had "lots of tattoos" on both of his forearms and a Band-Aid strip under his left eye. The robber was wearing a black T-shirt with white lettering over the left chest area and larger white writing across the back. He was wearing blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

In Bloomsdale the robber also had a Band-Aid strip under his left eye but was wearing a dark blue nylon shirt with 3/4-length sleeves and a white logo, a black ball cap with white stripes, dark blue nylon or cotton twill pants and black and white tennis shoes.

Adrian Bank in Adrian, Mo., near Kansas City was robbed Aug. 24. Surveillance footage shows the armed gunman who also had a Band-Aid strip and favored Hall.

No one was injured in any other the robberies.

In Hardy, the robber entered the bank's front entrance on Main Street around 9:15 a.m. The man displayed a semi-automatic pistol to a teller and demanded that she fill a yellow plastic grocery bag with an unspecified amount of cash.

After receiving the bag of cash he fled out the front door on foot heading east on Main Street. Despite roadblocks set up throughout the area, the robber was never caught.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hardy Police Department at 870-856-2136, Sharp County Sheriff's Office at 870-994-7356, Arkansas State Police at 870-935-7302 or FBI at 870-932-0700.

Stites referred all questions on the investigation to the FBI. A phone call to the FBI office in Jonesboro was not returned.



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