John David Farnell mug shot

A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper arrested man suspected suspected of being a serial bank robber this morning (04-29-10) in Phelps County.

About 10:35 a.m. a man, who said he was armed, robbed National Bank in Cuba. The suspect got into a white Dodge Grand Caravan with Missouri plates and fled. The description of the suspect and the vehicle used match that of five previous bank heists in Moberly, Sedalia, Rolla, Chillicothe and El Dorado Springs.

At approximately 11:29 a.m. a trooper spotted a van matching the description on Missouri 8 and Missouri 68 in Phelps County, just south of St. James. When the trooper searched the vehicle she found a handgun and money believed to be stolen from the bank.

Arrested for the bank robbery of First Community National Bank in Cuba was John David Farnell, 58, of Fulton, Missouri

The highway patrol, the FBI, the Cuba Police Department, the Rolla Police Department, and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department are continuing the investigation.

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