Police: Suspects In Arvest Bank Robbery Connected To Other Area Robberies
FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A fourth man was arrested Tuesday (Jan. 10) as a suspect in multiple robberies in Northwest Arkansas.
Quamirrio Edwards, 19, of Springdale, is being held at the Washington County Detention Center facing aggravated robbery charges, according to his booking information.
Edwards was arrested on a warrant in connection to a robbery at Arvest Bank on Garland Avenue that took place last week, police said. Two others, Telvondric Haywood, 20, and Britavious Sawyer, 16, were arrested Friday (Jan. 6) in connection to the same robbery and a third man, Lentonio Jenner, was arrested Saturday (Jan. 7) while he was vacationing with his family in Florida, according to court records.
A day after the robbery on Jan. 3, Fayetteville police received anonymous tips naming Haywood and Sawyer as suspects in the robbery, Haywood’s affidavit states.
Detectives questioned Haywood after he turned himself in to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on failure to appear warrants, according to the documents. He told Fayetteville detectives he and Jenner robbed the bank at gunpoint, while Edwards and Sawyer played the role of lookouts, the documents state. The four suspects left the bank with more than $13,000 that they split among themselves, according to the documents.
Sawyer spent the money on a Ford Mustang and was taken into custody by Springdale police on Jan. 5, the documents state. He told police Haywood asked him to rob a bank, but he refused until Haywood and Jenner came back with handguns in their waistbands and told him he would be the lookout, according to the documents.
Haywood told Sawyer he needed to commit the robbery to “rank up” in a gang, the documents state.
Haywood also told police Jenner bragged to him about robbing a bank in Centerton, according to the documents. According to the FBI, a robbery at the First National Bank of Northwest Arkansas on Centerton Boulevard occurred on Dec. 23. Two men appear to be involved in that incident.
Haywoord’s affidavit states detectives believe the four suspects also committed other armed robberies, including two other bank robberies, besides the robbery at Arvest Bank, and two other robberies and an attempted robbery at a total of three restaurants.
The following robbery and attempted robbery incidents were reported by 5NEWS in the last two months:
- Armed robbery at Bank of the Ozarks on Crossover Road in Fayetteville on Nov. 4 involving one suspect,
- Armed robbery at First National Bank in Johnson on Nov. 28 involving two suspects,
- Armed robbery at Zaxby’s on S. Thompson Avenue in Springdale on Dec. 29 involving two suspects,
- Attempted armed robbery at a McDonald’s in Bentonville on Highway 71 on Jan. 2 involving one suspect.
Johnson and Springdale police both told 5NEWS all the local law enforcement agencies that have experienced robberies within their city limits are working together to determine if and how the crimes are connected.
Haywood is being held on a total of $75,000 bond on suspicion of aggravated robbery and failure to appear. Edwards is being held on a $100,000 bond. Washington County Prosecutor Matt Durrett said Jenner will have to extradited from Florida and Sawyer is being charged as an adult, which is why 5NEWS has released his name.