Benton bank robbery suspect arrested, charged in 3 cases

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- Benton police have arrested the suspect in a bank robbery that happened Tuesday. He is now apparently charged in three separate robbery cases.

Lt. Kevin Russell said Richard Swicegood, 37, of Texas, was caught in a traffic stop by Arkansas State Police (ASP) near Forrest City on I-40 and was positively identified as the suspect in the Summit Bank robbery on July 1 around 9:40 a.m.

Police said Swicegood entered the bank and demanded money after showing a gun to the clerk; after getting an undisclosed amount of money, Swicegood then fled the bank on foot. Benton Police Department (BNPD) detectives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were later able to learn that Swicegood was driving a red Ford Mustang with Texas license plates.

Russell said Swicegood has since been taken to BNPD for questioning, where information and evidence has been collected in connection to not only this most recent robbery but also to robberies at the same bank in 2009 and 2011.

Swicegood is now charged with 11 counts of aggravated robbery, three counts of theft of property, and one count of unauthorized use of another person's property to facilitate a crime. Russell added that this is an on-going investigation and other charges could come in the future.

"We are proud of the hard work our partners at Benton PD have put toward this case and we continue to work closely with them," said Little Rock FBI special agent in charge David T. Resch. "Bank robbery is not only a theft, it is a crime of violence with people and communities being victims. We will continue to work with our partners to bring these violent criminals to justice."

Watch bank surveillance of the robbery below:

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