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7:58 PM Tue, Oct. 23rd

Bank robbery suspect nabbed

KINGMAN - Kingman Police detectives drove to the North Las Vegas Police Department on Tuesday afternoon to interview the suspect in the Friday robbery of Chase Bank on Stockton Hill Road.

North Las Vegas Police arrested Mark Joseph Powell, 35, of Oklahoma early Tuesday morning at a truck stop, Sgt. Rusty Cooper of the KPD said this morning.

"We issued a temporary warrant on Powell for armed robbery and it came up on our computer he had been arrested in North Las Vegas on a Florida warrant for grand larceny," Cooper said Tuesday by cell phone as he and Detective Mike Godfrey drove to Las Vegas to interview Powell at the North Las Vegas Detention Center.

It remains to be determined whether Arizona or Florida would get first opportunity at prosecuting Powell and there is another factor to consider.

"Powell committed a robbery Monday at a Bank of America in Las Vegas and it was due to Godfrey's investigation that case was solved," Cooper said. "Powell was in custody in North Las Vegas on unrelated charges and as we were following up our investigation we had contact with Las Vegas PD and the FBI and gave them our information."

Powell has two residences, one in Oklahoma City and the other at another city in the Sooner State, Cooper said.

He was driving a 2002 silver Nissan Pathfinder borrowed from a friend over a month ago and not returned at the time he was stopped. North Las Vegas Police pulled the car over on the basis of it being reported stolen and then did a records check that revealed the grand larceny warrant issued out of Marion County, Fla.

In a news release Tuesday, Cooper stated Powell went to the Kingman Resource Center and KPD headquarters Friday morning and tried to get financial help. He verbally identified himself at the time as Ryan Sherwood of Florida.

About 10:30 a.m. Friday, Powell entered Chase Bank and allegedly handed a note to a teller stating he had a gun and demanding money. He left the bank with $1,880, Cooper said.

Bank surveillance cameras photographed Powell and permitted detectives to determine he was the same person who earlier had sought financial aid at two locations in town.

Detectives contacted the real Ryan Sherwood, who identified Powell to them as an acquaintance. Powell's identity was confirmed through arrest records in Florida and the KPD warrant was issued.

Money was recovered from Powell at the time of his arrest, but it was not immediately known if any of it was from the Kingman robbery, Cooper said.

Powell has an extensive arrest history, but Cooper could not elaborate this morning.