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Man arrested in Monday bank robbery in O'Brien County

An arrest was made Monday afternoon a little more than an hour after a robbery at the Sanborn, Iowa Savings Bank.


According to a news release from the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call from the Sanborn Savings Bank was received at approximately 1:02 p.m. Monday that reported a bank robbery. A black male had reportedly entered the bank and handed a bank teller a note indicating that it was a robbery and demanding cash. No weapons were displayed or referenced during the robbery.


An undetermined amount of cash was taken from the bank at that time and the subject left the scene on foot. Responding officers were on scene at the bank within minutes of the call and a suspect was developed by bank officials’ description.


A perimeter was set up by law enforcement around 201 W. Fifth St. in Sanborn. Announcements to the inhabitants of the residence were made by an Iowa State Patrol hostage negotiator.


Schools, banks, daycares and additional businesses in Sanborn were advised to go into lockdown status until areas were cleared by law enforcement. At approximately 2:10 pm, Del Martinnez Evans, Jr. was taken into custody without incident.


Evans was transported to the O’Brien County Jail. He was charged with second-degree robbery, a class C felony, and second-degree theft, a class D felony. He was booked into the O’Brien County Jail with a bond of $15,000.


A search warrant for 201 West Fifth St. was obtained and served by law enforcement, which was clear of the scene by 8 p.m.


The sheriff’s office noted that the investigation is still ongoing. Assisting the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office at the scene were the Sanborn, Sheldon and Hartley police departments, Iowa State Patrol, O’Brien County EMA, Sheldon Community Ambulance and the O’Brien County Attorney’s Office.


 

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