Man admits robbing New Athens bank while wearing polka dot dress

News-DemocratNovember 20, 2013 

A St. Louis man has pleaded guilty to robbing a New Athens bank while wearing a polka dot dress, wig and sunglasses in September.

Arnell L. Edwards, 50, pleaded guilty to the bank robbery charge on Wednesday. He will be sentenced on April 7, when he faces a potential sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said in a news release.

On Sept. 6, Edwards placed a rag over his mouth, approached a U.S. Bank teller showing her a note on a small piece of red paper, reading, "Stick up all money," and said, "Give me all the money," according to the news release.

The teller removed money from her drawer and placed it on the counter. Edwards picked up the cash and left 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 the apartment matched the size, shape and color the note given to the bank teller.

This case was investigated by the FBI and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.

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