Bank robber arrested in Covington County

Bank robber arrested in Covington County

COVINGTON CO., AL (WSFA) - Authorities have arrested a man wanted for a Missouri bank robbery in Covington County on Tuesday, according to officials with the Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force.

According to a release, around 4 p.m. US Marshals informed agents with the 22nd Judicial Circuit Drug Task force of a wanted bank robber staying in the Covington County area.

A team of officers from Red Level Police Department, the 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, River Falls Police Department and the Covington County Sheriff's Department went to a residence located off of Plywood Mill Road in River Falls Alabama.

Upon arrival at the residence, officers found a male suspect, believed to be Cooper, under the carport.

Agent Greg Jackson with the 22nd Judicial Circuit Task Force spoke on the arrest and stated, "Officers made contact with the suspect on the side of the home as he hid under the carport, I ordered him to the ground. He refused for a moment, but finally got on the ground."

In Cooper's possession, officers found a key to the door of the residence and a credit card that was not in his name. A 9mm pistol was also discovered in the area where Cooper was taken into custody.

On July 18, at approximately 1:36 p.m., Russell Eugene Cooper, 52, allegedly committed the crime at the Eldon, Mo., Citizen's Bank South. He was wanted in Missouri for second-degree robbery and had a $75,000 bond.

Authorities would later discover that in addition to the robbery, Cooper was a convicted sex offender for the rape of an elder female in Missouri. He had previously been sentenced 20 years for that crime.

Upon arrest, Russel Eugene Cooper was charged with being a fugitive from justice, failure to register as a sex offender and an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. He was taken to the Covington County Jail without bond.

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