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Southern District of Illinois

Monday, April 7, 2014

St. Louis Man Sentenced For Bank Robbery

Was Wearing Polka Dot Dress and Wig During Robbery

Arnell L. Edwards, 50, of St. Louis, Missouri, was sentenced in federal district court, in East St. Louis today, for bank robbery, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Edwards was sentenced to 52 months in prison, three years supervised release, ordered to pay $1,547 restitution, and a $100 special assessment. Edwards pled guilty on November 19, 2013, to charges stemming from a September 6, 2013, bank robbery at US Bank in New Athens, Illinois. Edwards entered the bank wearing a polka dot dress, wig and sunglasses. He then placed a rag over his mouth and approached a bank teller, showing her hand written instructions on a small piece of red paper, reading “STICK UP ALL MONEY” and stated, “Give me all the money.” Edwards grabbed the cash, exited the bank and discarded the clothing before returning to a nearby apartment. A search of the apartment resulted in the discovery of a pad of red Post-It-Notes matching the size, shape and color of the note given to the bank teller.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.

Updated February 19, 2015