The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Thursday arrested a Prescott man just minutes after he was accused of robbing the Camp Verde Chase Bank.
Shawn Manning, 53, from Prescott was arrested at 9:55 a.m. shortly after the marshal’s office was alerted to an armed robbery at the bank located at 402 W. Finnie Flats Road in Camp Verde.
Manning, according to a news release from the marshal’s office, entered the bank and showed a note to the teller advising of the robbery and told the teller to hand over the money as stated in the note or he would begin shooting. The suspect lifted his shirt and displayed a semi-automatic handgun to the teller.
As the teller complied with Manning’s demands, another employee placed a 911 call to the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office, according to the news release.
The robber was described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a green flannel shirt and blue jeans. He fled the bank on foot with $2,800 in cash stolen in the robbery.
A deputy from the Marshal’s Office was in the immediate area of the bank and observed a man matching the description of the suspect leaving the bank and kept him under observation, according to the news release.
The man got into a vehicle and the deputy followed until additional deputies arrived in order to conduct a stop on the vehicle. The vehicle was stopped on State Route 260 near Quarterhorse Lane and Manning was placed under arrest after evidence from the robbery was located in his vehicle.
Witnesses and evidence located at the bank were able to positively identify Shawn Manning as the suspect, according to the news release. Manning was arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Jail on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault.
CAMP VERDE – Barely moments after taking $2,000 from the Camp Verde Chase Bank, an unknown man was apprehended by Camp Verde Marshal’s deputies Thursday morning.
At about 10 a.m. Thursday, the suspect, identified as a white male, approximately 6-feet tall and wearing a green flannel shirt and blue jeans, entered the Chase Bank at 402 W. Finnie Flat Road with a gun – and a note indicating he intended to rob the bank, according to a press release from the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office.
According to the press release, the teller “complied with the suspect’s demands, [while] another employee placed a 911 call to the Marshal’s Office.”
The suspect exited the bank through the front door and was walking north across the parking lot where he was spotted by Camp Verde Deputy Dave Freeman.
“It was pretty quick,” Commander Brian Armstrong said. “Deputy Freeman was in the area when the call came out.”
Deputy Freeman “observed the subject walking from the bank,” Commander Armstrong also said.
“He followed until other deputies arrived,” Commander Armstrong said. “It wasn’t very long, maybe five minutes. It worked perfectly.”
At this time, CVMO detectives are at the bank investigating the robbery and have notified the FBI. According to Armstrong, there were no injuries, and bank employees “followed their protocols and remained calm.”
According to the press release, the robbery is an active investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Bill Helm, Camp Verde Bugle