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Arrest made in downtown bank robbery following Facebook tip

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, March 4, 2013, at 11:59 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 9:10 p.m.

Less than an hour after Wichita police posted a photo on Facebook of the suspect in Friday morning’s robbery of the Commerce Bank branch downtown, someone called to say they suspected it was a man they knew.

Following up on the afternoon tip, officers went to the man’s address on South Hydraulic, where witnesses agreed that he looked like the man in the photo, Lt. Joe Schroeder said. They called the suspect, who refused to talk to police.

But the 52-year-old man later turned himself in shortly after 6 p.m., Schroeder said.

A man walked into the Commerce branch at 456 N. Main at about 10:35 a.m. Friday and handed a note to a teller saying “This is a robbery, I got a gun, give me the money,” a police report stated.

The suspect pointed toward envelopes and she put the money inside them. He then walked out with the money.

Wichita police posted the photo of the suspect to their Facebook page at about 3 p.m. Friday and received their first tip within an hour.

“It was actually one of the fastest responses I’ve seen,” Schroeder said.

Investigators are working with the FBI to see if federal charges will be filed in the case, he said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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