The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

July 26, 2013

Masked man robs Jasper bank; second bank robbery in Joplin area this week

JASPER, Mo. — A masked gunman, wearing a Dallas Cowboys sweatshirt, robbed a bank Friday in Jasper and drove off in a small, black car.

The man entered the Southwest Missouri Bank, 101 E. Grand St., about 1:45 p.m. armed with a handgun and demanded money, according to Capt. Derek Walrod, with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department. The man left the bank moments later with an undisclosed amount of cash.

“We had a witness that saw a man running from the scene eastbound,” Walrod said. “He got into a black, compact four-door car.”

He said Jasper police responding to the robbery did not spot the suspect fleeing the scene and were uncertain in which direction he might have gone. Walrod said the closest sheriff’s deputy at the time of the robbery was in Carthage, but a perimeter was soon established with the assistance of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

“As quick as he got in and out — from what witnesses were telling us — I imagine he got through it,” Walrod said, a few hours after the robbery.

The gunman wore a mask, dark-colored ball cap, hooded sweatshirt and baggy pants. He was described as having a medium build and being about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall. There was one customer and three employees in the bank at the time of the holdup.

The FBI and state patrol are assisting the Sheriff’s Department and Jasper police in the investigation.

Walrod said investigators have no reason as yet to see the Jasper bank robbery as related to a bank robbery on Monday in Galena, Kan., or another recent bank robbery in Iola, Kan.

Additional photographs of the man who robbed the bank in Galena were released on Friday. He is described as 30 to 40 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. Galena police said that robber is now believed to have been driving a 1999 to 2002 model Pontiac Firebird that was navy blue with a spoiler on the trunk. It had no front license plate.

Tip lines

Anyone with information about the Jasper bank robbery is being asked to call the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department at 417-358-8177, the Joplin office of the FBI at 417-206-5700 or Heartland Crimestoppers at 417-782-TIPZ.

Tips regarding the bank robbery on Monday in Galena, Kan., should be directed to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department at 620-429-3992, Galena Police Department at 620-783-1900 or Heartland Crimestoppers at 417-782-TIPZ.

Text Only
Crime & Courts
  • Joplin couple indicted in child porn case

    A federal grand jury indicted a Joplin couple Wednesday for alleged sexual exploitation of a second child in addition to a girl who was the subject of a preceding indictment of the husband for allegedly producing and distributing child pornography.

    July 23, 2014

  • Grand jury indicts Tennessee man on three charges

    A federal grand jury indicted a Tennessee man Wednesday on charges related to the alleged enticement of a minor from Lawrence County for sexual acts.

    July 23, 2014

  • Joplin man faces grand jury indictment in child porn case

    A federal grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging a Joplin man with receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.

    July 23, 2014

  • High winds overturn empty box truck in Cherokee County

    High winds from Wednesday’s thunderstorm overturned an empty box truck in Southeast Kansas, authorities said.

    July 23, 2014

  • Tulsa man faces robbery charge

    A suspect in a shoplifting incident Monday at the Sears store in Northpark Mall in Joplin was charged with robbery after he and an accomplice reportedly resisted a store employee’s effort to detain them.

    July 22, 2014

  • Wrecks injure two on area roadways

    A Carthage man suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday on East 50th Street, a half-mile east of Joplin in Newton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

    July 22, 2014

  • Assault sends man to Joplin hospital

    Joplin police are investigating an apparent felony assault that sent a 20-year-old man to Freeman Hospital West with injuries to his head and shoulder.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin man to stand trial in accident case

    A passenger accused of causing an accident on Interstate 44 in Joplin that injured three others as well as himself was ordered bound over for trial Tuesday on three felony counts.

    July 22, 2014

  • Youth shot in shoulder after reportedly encountering burglars

    A male juvenile was treated for a gunshot wound to his shoulder after a reported home invasion early Saturday in the 100 block of South 250th Street, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

    July 21, 2014

  • Joplin couple indicted on child pornography charges

    A federal grand jury today indicted a Joplin couple for alleged sexual exploitation of a second child in addition to a girl who was the subject of a previous indictment of the husband for producing and distributing child pornography.

    July 23, 2014

Local News

Have you ever served as a volunteer for your state's conservation department?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
NDN Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return