Bank Midwest branch in Moberly robbed at gunpoint
UPDATE: 7:30 p.m. - The masked joker struck again, this time at a bank in Moberly.
Officers from the Moberly Police Department responded to a robbery at the Bank Midwest on North Morley Street at 9:45 a.m. Friday.
Witnesses report that the suspect walked into the bank, displayed a handgun and demanded money.
That is exactly what happened a week ago in Kirksville at the north branch of the Bank of Kirksville. The suspect got away that time.
This time, one suspect is in custody.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that suspect is a 25-year-old black male from Moberly.
His name has not been released yet pending the filing of formal charges.
He was taken to the Moberly Police Department.
Troopers told KTVO that the suspects in Friday morning's holdup in Moberly had fled south on Highway 63 in a gray Honda, and in the process, one gunshot was heard by witnesses outside of the bank.
The car was spotted by a Randolph County Sheriff's Deputy.
Investigators say a short time later, the car was then found parked in a commuter parking lot along Highway 63, about 10 miles south of Moberly.
It is believed that three suspects then fled on foot into a large cornfield.
The one suspect was captured. At last check, the other two remained on the run.
A massive search of that area near the intersection of Highways 63 and 22 started early Friday afternoon.
"A perimeter has been set up in this area," said Sgt. Brent Bernhard with the highway patrol. "Law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions have responded to the area with K-9s. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has had two helicopters and an aircraft on scene."
Bernhardt told KTVO that the investigation of the area will continue to be searched until there is reason to believe the suspects are no longer there.
The investigation is on-going by the Moberly Police Department and the FBI.
Bernhardt did confirm that investigators had recovered the Joker mask worn during the robbery.
No word yet from authorities on whether they believe the suspect captured Friday is the same one who robbed Bank of Kirksville last week.
UPDATE: 5:00 p.m.-
KTVOs' Ashley Hoak is on the scene of the search and is reporting that authorities are still searching for possibly two more suspects.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Brent Bernhardt told us at the scene that after the robbery at Bank Midwest in Moberly, the suspects fled in a gray Honda. It was spotted headed south on Highway 63 a short time later by a Randolph County Sheriff's deputy. The deputy was heading north on 63 when he spotted the vehicle. By the time he was able to turn around, he had lost sight of the vehicle.
The car was spotted a short time later in the commuter parking lot a few miles south of Moberly near Highways 63 and 22.
The patrol believes the suspects fled on foot into a cornfield at that location.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are on the scene, including a highway patrol helicopter.
A 25-year-old black male from Moberly has been taken into custody. Reports are that one gunshot was heard outside of the bank. No injuries have been reported. Sgt. Bernhardt reports that a joker mask has been found.
We are still awaiting a press release from the Moberly Police Department.
Just before 10 a.m. Friday, the Bank Midwest location on North Morley in Moberly was robbed at gunpoint.
According to information obtained by centralmoinfo.com, a man entered the bank wearing a joker-style mask, displayed a handgun and demanded money.
Following the robbery, the suspect fled out the back door of the bank and headed east. The suspect was then reported getting into a vehicle blocks away.
No one was injured during the incident.
According to Moberly Police Chief Russ Tarr, a vehicle of interest was located south of Randolph County near Highway 63.
Chief Tarr told centralmoinfo.com that officers from his department are coordinating with the Randolph County Sheriff's Department, Boone County Sheriff's Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, as well as other agencies during the investigation.
KTVO's sister station, KRCG-TV is reporting that a man has been taken into custody.
More information will be released as it becomes available.