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Alleged Drag Bank Robber Caught in Illinois

by Bobby McGuire
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

Halloween came early this year to the Illinois town of New Athens last Friday, when a St. Louis man allegedly robbed a bank wearing some very outlandish drag, The Smoking Gun reports.

According to the criminal complaint filed by FBI agent Daniel Cook, Arnell Edwards, 50, of St. Louis, entered the New Athens, Ill., branch of U.S. Bank on Friday morning wearing "a white undershirt, a pink with purple polka dots dress, a pink wig, and sunglasses." Edwards then allegedly approached a teller with a small note written on a post-it that said, "give me all the money." The teller found it difficult to understand the alleged robber, because according to her, he had a rag over his mouth and spoke in a "high pitch squeaky voice," which she believed was an attempt to disguise his true voice.

Upon receiving $1,537 from the teller, Edwards exited the bank and was seen fleeing in the direction of a residential neighborhood still wearing his robbery drag.

Several hours later, after a 45-minute standoff, Edwards was arrested nearby at the home of a friend and taken into custody at the New Athens Police Department where he waived his Miranda rights. According to a statement made by Edwards to the FBI, he was alone and asleep in the apartment during the time of the robbery.

A pink wig believed to be part of the robbery disguise was located under a bush on U.S. Bank property. A pink dress with purple polka dots that appeared to be the same dress used in the robbery, was located shortly thereafter by law enforcement officials. A pad of post-it notes identical to the note used in the robbery, was found in the apartment where Edwards was arrested.

None of the $1,537 stolen from the bank has been recovered.

If convicted, Edwards could face up to 20 years in prison.


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