In addition to a possible federal indictment, Ottawa County District Attorney Eddie Wyant has filed six felony charges against a Texas man for his role in an alleged bank robbery at Security Bank & Trust Thursday morning.
Leslie Howard Palmer, a.k.a. Leslie Howard Bean, 45, of Sherman, Texas, has been charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, assault with a dangerous weapon and attempting to elude a police officer.
Count 1 alleges that on June 17, Palmer robbed bank teller, Sandy Jones, of cash that belonged to her and was in her possession, while in the commission of allegedly robbing Security Bank & Trust.
Count 2 alleges that Palmer robbed Elaine Ray of household keys that were in her possession, while Palmer was in the commission of allegedly robbing Security Bank & Trust.
Count 3 alleges Palmer stole a 1993 Dodge Van belonging to Christopher and Sharon Gordon that was used in the alleged bank robbery June 17.
Count 4 alleges Palmer stole a 2003 F-150 pickup belonging to Lease Plan U.S.A., that was used in the alleged bank robbery on June 17.
Count 5 alleges Palmer, without justifiable or excusable cause, assaulted Commerce Police Officer Ernie Shelby by driving at the officer and attempting to strike Shelby with a vehicle Palmer was operating.
Count 6 alleges that on June 17, Palmer eluded Miami Police Officer C.E. Crockett and Detective Todd Hicks in the performance of their duties. “These are the charges the state has against him based on information we have thus far,” said Wyant. “The feds (Federal Bureau of Investigation) will handle the actual bank robbery charges.”
According to court documents, authorities received a phone call from personnel at the north branch of Security Bank & Trust at approximately 8:49 a.m., Thursday, June 17. The caller informed dispatch that a male subject entered the bank and demanded all the employees to the ground. He then jumped over the counter and began filling a brown paper bag with money from the teller drawers. In addition to cash, the subject alledgedly took keys belonging to one of the tellers.
The subject then left the bank in a white van, which was located in the Wal-Mart parking lot a short time later. The suspect was seen exiting the white van and getting into a red pickup truck and leaving the Wal-Mart parking lot.
After a short pursuit, that ended south of town, the suspect - identified as Leslie Palmer - was taken into custody and transported to the Ottawa County Jail.