MIAMI, Okla. —
UPDATED 3:55 p.m. — The suspect in today’s attempted bank robbery in Miami has been identified as Frances H. Dishmon, 50, believed to be of Anderson, Mo.
Dishmon is being held at the Ottawa County Jail following his capture north of Quapaw a little before noon. Charges have yet to be filed against him.
According to the Miami police chief, a suspect who tried to rob the IBC Bank on North Main Street about 10:25 a.m. today fled in a vehicle at a high rate of speed headed north out of Miami and through Quapaw on U.S. Highway 69A.
He crashed the vehicle between Quapaw and Baxter Springs, Kan., and fled on foot. A semi-truck driver, who swerved to avoid collision with the suspect’s vehicle, crashed and died. His name has yet to be released.
The suspect was captured a short time later by authorities who had pursued him. Det. Derek Derwin, of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department, said the home town of the suspect is believed to be Anderson, but has not been confirmed as yet. He said that is because Dishmon was not cooperating with investigators on his identification.
UPDATED 1:10 p.m. — Fleeing suspect caught following fatal crash
MIAMI, Okla. — A man suspected of trying to rob a bank in Miami this morning has been captured.
Miami police Chief George Haroldson confirmed that the suspect was taken into custody minutes ago north of Quapaw and was being taken to the Ottawa County Jail.
The suspect, whose name has yet to be released, crashed his vehicle along U.S. Highway 69A while being pursued by law enforcement officers following an aborted attempt to rob the IBC Bank on north Main Street in Miami.
The driver of a southbound semi-truck was killed when he crashed while swerving to avoid a collision with the suspect's northbound vehicle. The driver's name also has yet to be released.
UPDATED: 12:30 p.m. — A truck driver was killed this morning when he swerved to avoid hitting the vehicle of a fleeing suspect in a bank robbery attempt and crashed his semi-truck.
The crash took place on U.S. Highway 69A north of Quapaw during the high-speed pursuit of a suspect who tried to rob the IBC Bank at 2520 N. Main St. in Miami. The suspect, who crashed his vehicle as well, got out and fled across a field and into some woods, according to Miami police Chief George Haroldson.
State troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies and area tribal police are conducting a manhunt currently in the area between Quapaw, Okla., and Baxter Springs, Kan.
Haroldson said a lone robber entered the bank about 10:25 a.m. and handed a note to a teller stating: “Got a gun. Give me all your money.” The robber appeared to become overwhelmed with apprehension while the teller was complying with his demand, the police chief said.
“He then left that the bank without any money,” Haroldson said.
A bank employee saw the suspect get into a vehicle and was able to call in a description of the vehicle and its license plate number, he said. A Quapaw police officer and an Ottawa County sheriff’s deputy subsequently spotted the vehicle passing through Quapaw and gave chase prior to the crashing of the suspect’s northbound vehicle and a southbound semi-truck moments later.
Haroldson was uncertain if the two vehicles collided, only that both crashed and the truck driver was killed.
Oklahoma authorities are looking for a suspect who robbed a bank in Miami about 10:25 a.m. today. The story will be updated.