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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty To Bank Robbery

Was Wearing Polka Dot Dress and Wig During Robbery

On November 19, 2013, Arnell L. Edwards, a fifty-year old St. Louis, Missouri, man pled guilty in federal district court, in East St. Louis, to bank robbery, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Edwards is scheduled for sentencing on April 7, 2014, at which time he faces a potential sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, not more than 5 years of supervised release after his prison term, a mandatory special assessment of $100 and restitution.

Court proceedings revealed that on September 6, 2013, Edwards entered the US Bank in New Athens, Illinois wearing a polka dot dress, wig and sunglasses. He then placed a rag over his mouth, approached a bank teller showing her a hand written note on a small piece of red paper, reading, “STICK UP ALL MONEY,” and stated, “Give me all the money.” The frightened teller removed money from her drawer and placed it on the counter. Edwards picked up the cash and exited the bank. As he ran away, he removed and discarded clothing in a bush and shed near a wooded area, before entering an apartment nearby. Officers used a PA system to contact Edwards, who emerged from his apartment shortly thereafter. A search of the apartment resulted in the discovery of a pad of red Post-It-Notes. The pad found in his apartment matched in size, shape and color the note given to the bank teller.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.

Updated February 19, 2015