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Springdale Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Arkansas

Fort Smith, AR – David Clay Fowlkes, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that Jaime Leonel Reinosa-Salguero, of Springdale, Arkansas, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison on one count of Bank Robbery and one count of Use of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence.  The Honorable P.K. Holmes III presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fort Smith.

According to court records, Reinosa-Salguero entered the Arvest Bank in Alma at approximately 10:38 a.m. on May 29, 2019.  He approached the teller and demanded money while brandishing a firearm.  The teller placed a large amount of currency into Reinosa-Salguero’s backpack.  Reinosa-Salguero then fired one round from his handgun directly over the teller’s head and the bullet impacted the north wall near the ceiling.  Reinosa-Salguero then fled the bank.  A short time later, Reinosa-Salguero was located traveling northbound on Interstate 49.  When Arkansas State Police initiated a traffic stop and ordered him to exit the vehicle, Reinosa-Salguero refused and fled, reaching speeds in excess of 100 m.p.h.  During the pursuit, Reinosa-Salguero fired multiple rounds at the trooper who returned fire and struck Reinosa-Salguero.  At approximately 11:12 a.m., the trooper performed a pursuit intervention technique causing Reinosa-Salguero’s vehicle to crash near the 55 mile marker.  A subsequent search of the vehicle and surrounding area revealed the firearm used in the robbery, the money taken from the bank, and 15 rounds of ammunition.  Arvest Bank’s deposits were insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Reinosa-Salguero was indicted by a federal grand jury in June of 2019 and entered a guilty plea in October of 2019.

The investigation was conducted by the Alma Police Department, Arkansas State Police and FBI.  Assistant United States Attorney David Harris is prosecuting the case for the United States.

Updated April 18, 2023

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