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10:05 PM Tue, Feb. 19th

Man charged in bank robbery pleads innocent

A North Carolina man, charged with robbing a downtown Kingman credit union last month, pleaded innocent in Mohave County Superior Court Monday.

Keith Wayne Stevens was arraigned on felony charges of robbery and theft for allegedly robbing the Mohave Community Federal Credit Union Dec.


He was arrested about hour after the robbery on U.S.

Highway 93 at the checkpoint set up on the Arizona side of Hoover Dam.

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

A pellet gun was allegedly found in Stevens' vehicle; however, no weapon was used during the robbery.

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

Stevens surrendered without incident.

If convicted, Stevens could be sentenced to up to three years and nine months for the robbery charge and two years and six months for the theft charge.

He is being held in Mohave County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Stevens, 38, allegedly walked into the credit union in the 500 block of Beale Street around 10 a.m.

and demanded cash from the teller, then fled in a dark blue Ford Explorer north on Highway 93 toward Las Vegas.

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

No injuries were reported in the robbery.

Stevens' next hearing is set for Jan.