Trumann bank robbery suspect arrested

Trumann bank robbery suspect arrested
Willie Ray Jones, Jr. (Source: Trumann Police Dept.)
Willie Ray Jones, Jr. (Source: Trumann Police Dept.)
(Source: Trumann Police Dept.)
(Source: Trumann Police Dept.)

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - A man accused of robbing a Trumann bank in August is now behind bars.

Trumann police shared the arrest on their Facebook page.

They say Willie Ray Jones, Jr., 49, was arrested without incident Friday morning in Trumann.

Police believe Jones was the man who entered the First Delta Bank on Aug. 31 armed with a shotgun. He approached the tellers and demanded money. Once he obtained an undisclosed amount of cash, he ran from the bank.

TPD states DNA evidence on items at the crime scene ultimately led to an arrest warrant being issued for Jones.

"We located some items inside that bag, including a blue t-shirt, that t-shirt was missing a sleeve," said Assistant Chief John Redman. "That sleeve was ultimately used as a mask that was covering the suspect's face as he went into the bank."

Several days after the robbery police found the gun used in a fire pit at Couch's Barbeque.  They also found the t-shirt sleeve next to the fire pit.

He is being charged with two counts of aggravated robbery.

Jones is being held in lieu of a bond hearing.

Police say more will be released Friday afternoon and they thanked citizens for tips leading to the arrest.

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