MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Witnesses and investigators say Richard Jarman promptly walked into the First Community Bank, showed his handgun and robbed the place.
"He said he had lost his job and was kind of down on his luck," said Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin.
With more than $3,000 in hand Jarman drove away down Highway 111 and stopped at his girlfriend's house in the Elmore community about 15 miles away. Surrounded by the county task force, investigators say Jarman initially resisted arrest but could not resist the power of armed authorities.
"I think he had a little too much to drink," said Sheriff Franklin.
The sheriff says Jarman's girlfriend, Stephanie Jackson, did not play a role in the bank robbery but was still charged with obstructing government operations.
"She wouldn't cooperate at first and wouldn't tell us where he was but later decided to cooperate when we brought her to the sheriff's department," said Franklin.
Stephanie Jackson posted her bond and when WSFA 12 News found her at home she declined to tell her side of the story, saying she had no comment because in her words.. 'the case is still on-going.'
Richard Jarman for now is in the Elmore County Jail on a $60,000 bond. The reality is starting to set in 24 hours after the crime. According to the sheriff Jarman declared an understatement today.. 'I think I messed up.'
Jarman has good reasons to be concerned. If he is convicted on the bank robbery charge, he is looking at a minimum of 20 years in prison.
Sheriff Franklin says some of the evidence they've collected is Jarman's get-a-way truck.. his gloves and bank photos. Authorities recovered about 98% of the money Jarman allegedly stole.
This is the first time First Community Bank has been robbed.