CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -
One man is in custody after a bank robbery Monday morning in Cape Girardeau.
The robbery happened at First Missouri State Bank on South Mount Auburn Street.
David Carl Dawson, 50, of Cape Girardeau is charged with robbery in the first degree. He is also charged with felony property damage for his alleged role in damaging an ATM. A bond has been set at $20,000 for the property damage charge in addition to the charge of robbery.
According to the probable cause statement, a bank teller told police Dawson walked up to him, gave him a note that said it was a hold up and he wanted $20,000 in hundred dollar bills. The teller told Dawson he only had $1,000 and Dawson said kept telling him to "Hurry up." After telling Dawson there was no money in the vault and that he would have to go downstairs to get the money, the teller said Dawson grabbed the $3500 he had gotten out. The teller went downstairs, told his supervisor of the robbery, and they called 911.
After he was arrested, Dawson admitted to police he tried to rob the bank because he was going to travel to St. Louis so he could go to South Africa and pay a ransom on a "friend" who had been abducted, according to the probable cause statement.
Police found the ransom note that said, "this is a hold up, I want $20,000.00 and I have a gun... act normal."
Police were able to make the arrest on the scene. Police arrived while the suspect was leaving the bank.
"We had him in custody within 10 minutes of the initial call coming in," said Office Darrin Hickey. "The bank made a great call by calling us immediately and letting us know that he was here. Obviously our number one concern is safety for the people inside the bank and for the people outside the bank as well."
No one was hurt.
The suspect's maroon minivan he arrived to the bank in was impounded.