Paragould bank robbery suspect back in Arkansas to face charges

Paragould bank robbery suspect back in Arkansas to face charges

PARAGOULD, Ark. (KAIT) - A suspect arrested earlier this month in connection with a bank robbery in Paragould is now back in the Natural State to face charges.

Nathaniel Jax Painter, 44, of Hot Springs was booked into the Greene County jail Dec. 19 and is facing an aggravated robbery charge.

According to a post on the Paragould Police Department Facebook page Dec. 12, officials confirmed that someone had been arrested in connection with the robbery.

**BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY** A suspect has been arrested in the recent bank robbery at First National Bank's Reynolds Road Branch. Further information will be released at an appropriate time.

Posted by Paragould Police Department on Thursday, December 12, 2019

According to a media release from the Junction City, Kansas Police Department, officials said Painter was arrested after a traffic stop on I-70.

The media release, received by NBC affiliate KNST in Topeka, noted that officers pulled over a gray Acura around 2:45 p.m. Dec. 12.

“After conducting a traffic stop, contact was made with Painter. Painter was wanted on charges Bank Robbery out of Paragould, Arkansas,” the media release noted.

Officials said Painter still had most of the money taken in the robbery in his possession.

Paragould police had been investigating an apparent bank robbery at a branch of First National Bank.

Paragould Police Captain Brad Snyder said officers responded to the bank at the corner of Reynolds Road and W. Kingshighway around 5 p.m. Monday.

Snyder said a man walked into the bank, said he had a weapon, and demanded money.

The man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

The department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Street Crimes Unit have been combing through video and evidence left at the scene.

Snyder says it’s been their lead investigation. Additional information on the suspect has not been shared with the public so far to help keep the investigation running smoothly.

“We do share that information with other law enforcement agencies," he says. "Obviously, during an investigation there are things that need to be kept kind of tight-lipped, to make sure you preserve the integrity of the investigation.”

Phyllis Arnold has lived in Paragould for over 40 years and said she’s never seen anything like this.

“Well, one thing I can tell you, honey, it doesn’t ever happen," Arnold said. “I’ve never heard of a bank robbery especially here in Paragould. In fact, I don’t ever hear of a break-in, in stores or anything like that being robbed here.”

Patrol officers, the street crimes unit and the criminal division are investigating the robbery.

Painter is scheduled to be arraigned in circuit court Jan. 17 in Paragould.

Region 8 News will have more when details are made available.

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