Just a few hours after Sedalia Police Department officers responded to a report of a bank robbery, a suspect is in custody.
SPD has arrested David O. Waters, 26, of Kansas City, on charges of first degree robbery and armed criminal action for the robbery at the Central Bank of Sedalia’s main branch, located at 301 W. Broadway Blvd. He was taken to the Pettis County Jail on a 24-hour hold.
SPD Cmdr. Adam Hendricks told the Democrat early Friday afternoon that patrol officers were “making contact with anyone and everyone that matches the suspect description.” Reports indicate Waters was arrested in the 100 block of East Chestnut Avenue at 4:39 p.m.
“Based on the suspect description, we were able to locate him out and about later,” SPD Detective Josh Howell told the Democrat late Friday night. “There was other evidence that tied him to the crime as well.”
According to a SPD report, at 11:40 a.m., SPD received a report that Central Bank had been robbed. A witness stated the suspect indicated he was armed, demanded money and then fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.
Howell said Waters gave a note to the teller indicating he was armed and was requesting money, but the weapon was never shown or used, according to the witness. The incident happened quickly, Howell added.
No injuries were reported during the incident. Howell said some of the money stolen has been recovered.
Hendricks had told the Democrat that SPD would be contacting other agencies for assistance, but SPD ended up completing the investigation on its own.
“There were offers (from agencies for help), but it ended up not being needed,” Howell said. “We were able to handle it without calling outside agencies. I did see Pettis County (Sheriff’s Office) deputies out looking for the suspect as well.”
The incident had very little effect on Sedalia School District 200 safety protocols.
“Administrators are monitoring students passing between buildings as a precaution (at Smith-Cotton Junior High), but everything else is standard daily safety protocols,” Communications Director Bob Satnan told the Democrat Friday afternoon.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.