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5:36 AM Fri, Jan. 18th

Downtown credit union robbed, man arrested<BR>

A North Carolina man, who robbed a downtown Kingman credit union Monday morning wearing a black trench coat and a "Crocodile Dundee" style hat, was arrested an hour later on Highway 93 near Hoover Dam.

Keith Wayne Stevens was arrested on a felony charge of robbery after being stopped at the checkpoint set up on the Arizona side near the dam.

Law enforcement officers, alerted to his and the vehicle's description, stopped him around 11 a.m., Kingman police Lt.

Dean Brice said.

The checkpoints on each side of Hoover Dam were set up to protect the dam after terrorists hijacked four commercial planes Sept.

11, two of which crashed into the World Trade Center in New York and one crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

Stevens of Randleman, N.C., was stopped in a 1997 Ford Explorer, which he reportedly bought in Colorado.

A pellet gun was found in the vehicle, however, no weapon was produced during the robbery an hour earlier of the Mohave Credit Union, Brice said.

Clothes believed to be used in the robbery and a large amount of cash, possibly taken from the credit union, were also found in Stevens' car.

Stevens surrendered without incident.

Additional felony charges against Stevens may be forthcoming, Brice said.

KPD had been looking for Stevens, 38, who walked into the credit union in the 500 block of Beale Street a little after 10 a.m.

and allegedly robbed the bank of an undisclosed amount of money.

Stevens allegedly verbally demanded cash from the teller without using a note, then fled in a dark blue Ford Explorer north on Highway 93 toward Las Vegas, Brice said.

Witnesses described the robber as around 35 years old, weighing around 200 pounds, wearing a two-day old beard, a black hat, similar to the worn by the actor in the movie "Crocodile Dundee" and a long leather black trench coat with a belt around the waist.

No injuries were reported in the robbery.