No one was injured, but the nerves of the employees and a customer at the Southwest Missouri Bank branch in Jasper were jolted on Friday when a man walked in and demanded money from a teller.
“When a man walked in with a mask from a bandana, everyone thought he was joking, but then he demanded money,” said Jasper County Sheriff's Capt. Derek Walrod. “We haven't confirmed it, but the picture looks like there is a handgun in his right hand, so he was possibly armed.”
The robbery happened around 2 p.m. on Friday.
Walrod described the man as between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, and wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a Dallas Cowboys football team logo and name on it.
He was seen running east from the bank, then possibly getting into a dark, possibly black, compact car and driving north.
The streets of Jasper were quiet on Friday after the robbery, with drivers occasionally pulling up to the banks drive-through window, then driving away when reading a sign stating that the bank was closed.
Occasional passers by watched the bank, which had crime-scene tape blocking off the front and side entrances.
Walrod said there were three employees and one customer in the bank at the time of the robbery. They were questioned by FBI investigators, who responded quickly to the call for assistance from the Jasper County Sheriff's office and Jasper Police Department, for more than an hour before being allowed to leave.
Russell Selvey, a Jasper City Council Member, and his daughter, Megan Selvey, along with some children, waited in Russell Selvey's store, across the street from the bank for Della Selvey, a teller at the bank and Russell's wife and Megan's mother, to come out of the bank.
“Mom called me at 2:09 and told me everyone was fine, but call your dad,” Megan Selvey said. “She didn't tell me what happened but I could tell she was upset.”
It wasn't until she returned to the Selvey store that she realized the bank had been robbed.
“Back in the 1960s, there was a bank robbery in Jasper, but I can't recall one since then,” Russell Selvey said.
“It's very scary when something like this happens,” Megan Selvey added. “That's one phone call you dread when your mom works at a bank.”
Jasper Police Chief Even Roux said he had handed the investigation over to the Jasper County Sheriff's Office and the FBI, and his department would assist however they could.
Walrod said FBI investigators were in Jasper in less than an hour because they were already in the area investigating two bank robberies in southeast Kansas earlier this week.
Page 2 of 2 - He said investigators didn't believe the Jasper robbery was connected to the two crimes in Kansas.