Woman held in bank heist
Lawton police reported that a Crime Stoppers tip led the way to identifying the suspect arrested for a December robbery of a westside bank.
Lawton Police Capt. Craig Akard, information officer, issued a statement Thursday announcing the arrest of a 49-year-old Lawton woman in the Dec. 20 robbery of Arvest Bank, 2622 W. Gore. No formal charges were filed by Thursday afternoon.
Investigators had been searching for leads since the brazen afternoon robbery shortly before Christmas. The suspect walked into the bank around 4:45 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money. Investigators said she kept a phone to her ear the whole time and left with an unknown amount of cash. No weapon was seen during the crime.
Described as standing six feet tall and wearing a tan trench coat, a red beanie cap with the name "Jordan" on it, blue jeans, white shoes and carrying a brown/gold purse, witnesses and security video offered investigators a lot to work with. Emergency dispatchers reported that she had last been seen near West Gore Boulevard and 40th Street shortly before 5 p.m.
Still photos and video surveillance footage of the robbery were turned over to detectives and the suspect was developed, Akard stated. A photographic lineup was configured and shown to a witness who picked out the same photograph that the detective believed was of the suspect. Crime Stoppers received a tip of who the perpetrator was and that information was passed along to the detective working the case, Akard stated.