The Joplin Police Department was notified by the Neosho Police Department that the US Bank in Neosho had been robbed and that they had a suspect in custody. They also advised that he was admitting to being involved in several armed robberies in the four state area. Investigators with the JPD then interviewed the suspect in Neosho. Based upon the suspect's description, physical evidence obtained and the suspect's statement, charges will be sought against the suspect in the following armed robbery incidents in Joplin:
- The Hollywood Theater, 201 N. Park La. on May 10, 2009
- Aldi's Grocery Store, 3205 E. 20th St. on May 23, 2009
- Commerce Bank, 2980 S. McClelland Blvd. on September 10, 2009
The suspect has been identified as Richard A. Bratt, a 57 year old male from the Diamond, MO area.
Doreen Finnie contributed to this report.