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Micheal Dawson

Details Released on Capture of Accused Okawville Bank Robber

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A 33-year-old Mascoutah man has been charged in Federal Court at East St. Louis with the bank robbery Wednesday morning at the Okawville First National Bank.  

Okawville Police Chief Steve Millikin was able to arrest Micheal Dawson following a vehicle and foot chase.  Milikin began his pursuit after seeing the suspect running from the bank.  A vehicle chase followed after the man got into a vehicle, drove to Interstate 64, and headed eastbound.  

Dawson abandoned the vehicle at the 43 mile marker three miles east of Okawville and ran back west bound on the interstate. Minutes later, after a short foot chase, Dawson was taken into custody at the 42.5 mile marker.  

Millikin reports Dawson was not armed and there were no injuries to anyone at the bank.  The Police Chief also reports all U.S. Currency taken from the bank was recovered.  Dawson was taken to the Washington County Jail following his arrest and later transported by FBI agents to the Federal Courthouse where the bank robbery charge was filed.  

The charge claims Dawson by the use of force, violence and intimidation, took money in the care and possession of the First National Bank of Okawville.  The U.S. Attorney's office reports bankrobbery carries a potential term of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, or both, and a supervised release term of five years.  

Dawson was remanded to the U.S. Marshals to await trial.  

Nashville Police and Illinois State Police also responded to the bank robbery after it was reported around 8:30 Wednesday morning.   

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