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Joplin bank robbery suspect is arrested in North Dakota

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Amanda Patrom Amanda Patrom
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Updated July 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM CST:  A husband and wife accused of robbing a Grand Forks, North Dakota bank have been ordered held without bond.

Johnny Patrom, 19, and his wife, Amanda Patrom, 18, are accused of robbing the Bank Forward last Friday.

Authorities say Johnny Patrom also has felony warrants in Missouri but will be prosecuted in North Dakota before being sent to that state.

Joplin police say last month Johnny Patrom robbed the First State Bank on 7th Street near Maiden Lane.  Witnesses say Patrom went into the bank, displayed a hand gun and demanded money from a teller.  He then left in a black SUV taken from a used car lot.  The SUV was later found by police blocks away in a Taco Bell parking lot.

Updated June 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM CST:  It happened at the First State Bank on 7th Street near Maiden Lane just before 10:30 a.m.

The get-a-away car believed to have been driven by the robber was located and while no arrests have been made so far police have identified a suspect.

First State Bank surrounded by police tape and patrol cars as authorities investigate an armed robbery.

"When we got here, we know that there were two employees in the bank and at least two customers in the bank at the time of the robbery," says Lt. Darren Gallup of the Joplin Police Department.

Witnesses say the suspect, who police have determined to be Johnny Patrom, 19 of Carl Junction, walked inside, approached a teller with a handgun and fled in a black SUV with an undisclosed amount of money.

"The good news is nobody was hurt," says Lt. Gallup.

Just minutes after the call came in police recovered the suspect's vehicle in a Taco Bell parking lot ten blocks away from where the robbery occurred, and according to police it appears the suspect stole the black SUV from a nearby used car lot.

Officers brought in the aid of a K-9 to sniff out the scene and bagged possible clothing evidence left behind, peaking the curiosity of lunchtime traffic.

"Bank robberies or robberies in general are always dangerous, we want to do everything we can to cover all the leads and track down the person responsible for this," says Lt. Gallup.

With the help of the public police are now closer to catching their guy.

"My hopes are always high, my expectations are always high," says Lt. Gallup.

Police are still searching for the suspect, who is considered to be armed and dangerous.

This is the second bank robbery in Joplin in the last two weeks and third this year.

Posted June 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM CST:  Police say a bank robbery occurred this morning at 10:20 at the First State  Bank on West 7th Street in Joplin.

Police say a man showed a gun to bank employees and after the robbery, the man left a stolen vehicle at a nearby Taco Bell.

Police have identified the suspect as Johnny M. Patrom, 19 of Carl Junction, and consider him to be armed and dangerous.

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