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Bank robbery suspect caught red-handed

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department received some help when the Citizen's Bank at Imboden reported a robbery on Friday, July 20. The bank teller was able to identify the suspect as Randall Morris of Ravenden.

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

The deputy followed the car until backup arrived and the vehicle was stopped at Ravenden. At 3:07 the vehicle was stopped and Morris was taken into custody without incident.

Several law enforcement agencies responded and helped the Sheriff's Office with the incident, including the Arkansas State Police, Black Rock Police, the Hoxie Police and AET ambulance were all on scene.

Investigators processed the car, and recovered a large sum of money and other evidence. Morris was transported to the Lawrence County Jail to await a bond hearing.

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

When officers checked the vehicle it did not come back to Morris. The vehicle was registered in Randolph County. The owner was contacted at work and informed police that they did not know it was missing. Randolph County will investigate the car theft. It is believed at this time that most, if not all, of the money was recovered.

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