Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested
At approximately 10:35 a.m., Thursday, the First Community National Bank of Cuba was robbed by a white male, who stated he was armed. Following the robbery, the suspect reportedly fled in a white, Dodge Grand Caravan, bearing Missouri license plates.
The description of the suspect and the vehicle used matched that of five previous bank robberies that had occurred in the following Missouri communities: Moberly, Sedalia, Rolla, Chillicothe, and El Dorado Springs.
Local, county, and state agencies within the surrounding area immediately began an intensive search for the suspect following the robbery. Just before 11:30 a.m., a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper spotted a minivan that matched the description of the one used in the robbery, near the intersection of Missouri Highway 8 and Missouri Highway 68 in Phelps County. The trooper stopped the vehicle on MO 8, just south of St. James. Further investigation revealed that inside the vehicle was a loaded handgun, and money believed to have been stolen from the Cuba bank.
John David Farnell, 58, of Fulton, is the suspect arrested for the bank robbery of First Community National Bank in Cuba. The Missouri State Highway Patrol are conducting the investigation, as well as the F.B.I and the Cuba, Rolla and Crawford County Sheriffs Department.
The charges for which Farnell was arrested for are mere accusation and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court.