A suspect in a Fort Smith bank robbery was arrested early Friday (April 4) at an Oklahoma casino soon after the robbery, authorities said.
Christopher Hulsey, 38, was taken into custody Friday morning inside the Choctaw Casino in Pocola, Okla., authorities said.
The robbery happened about 9 a.m. on Friday at the Bank of the Ozarks branch in the 2500 block of Zero Street in Fort Smith. The suspect was seen on surveillance camera wearing a black cap and carrying a white plastic grocery bag.
The suspect was arrested at the Oklahoma casino about 30 minutes after the bank robbery, police said.
Authorities said the suspect informed a teller her was armed during the bank robbery, but it was unclear early Friday what kind of weapon he had. A weapon had not been found by about 11 a.m. on Friday.
A FedEx employee at the bank gave authorities the suspect’s license plate number and a description of the maroon Chevrolet van he was driving, police said. That information helped police locate the suspect at the casino.
The suspect was being booked early Friday into the LeFlore County Detention Center in Poteau, officials said.
Sgt. Daniel Grubbs of the Fort Smith Police Department said he could confirm Hulsey was arrested inside the casino but could not confirm if he was gambling at the time of the arrest.