Cross-dressing bank robber trades dress for jumpsuit

News-DemocratApril 8, 2014 

The man who robbed a bank last September in New Athens while he was wearing a polka dot dress, wig and sunglasses has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison.

Arnell L. Edwards, 50, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty Nov. 19 to charges related to the robbery. He will serve 52 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Edwards was also ordered to pay $1,547 in restitution.

Edwards walked into the U.S. Bank in New Athens Sept. 6 dressed as a woman with a cloth held over his face and handed the teller a note on a small, red piece of paper that read "stick up all money." After a teller handed him cash, Edwards fled the bank and threw his disguise in a nearby wooded area and then attempted to hide in an apartment building within sight of the bank.

Officers from several metro-east police and sheriff's departments surrounded the apartment building and used a public address system to urge Edwards to give himself up, which he eventually did.

Inside the apartment police said they found a red note pad that matched the hold-up note the suspect handed to the bank teller.

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