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Bank Robbery Suspects Caught; Loot Still Missing

Christy Watson, Robert Medley Published: May 23, 1998

SHAWNEE - Two Oklahoma City brothers accused of robbing a Shawnee bank were arrested Friday after an intense search north of Shawnee.

One of the men was captured early Friday, but the search did not end until nearly 17 hours after the Thursday bank robbery.

About 6:45 p.m. Friday, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper spotted a man crawling from behind a clump of tall grass north of County Road 111 along U.S. 77, Lt. Stewart Meyer said. The trooper arrested Kevin Collins, 25, without incident.

"He looked like he had been outside all night, and he had been," Meyer said. Earlier Friday, Jason Collins, 19, was arrested at about 5:15 a.m. when a highway patrol trooper using night vision glasses spotted him.

The brothers were accused in a federal criminal complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court of robbing the American National Bank, 4500 N Harrison, at gunpoint Thursday, taking more than $30,000, FBI spokesman Dan Vogel said.

The money had not been recovered, Vogel said.

A Shawnee police officer spotted two people speeding away from the bank about 2 p.m. Thursday and chased them at high speed into the sparsely populated area with gravel roads about five miles from the bank.

When the officer caught up with the car, it had been abandoned in a field, and the men had fled on foot. The officer found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle in the abandoned car .

Hundreds of FBI agents, Pottawatomie County deputies, Shawnee police officers and state troopers searched on the ground with dogs and in the air late Thursday and Friday. State troopers were also searching vehicles leaving the area.

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