n The West Point man has been charged in connection with an Oct. 23 robbery in Shannon.
By DANZA JOHNSON
TUPELO – A suspected bank robber was in custody Thursday after evading police for six months.
Michael Deans, 34, of West Point was charged in connection with the robbery at Renasant Bank in Shannon on Oct. 23.
He was arrested in Monroe County on Wednesday and faces federal armed robbery charges. Deans was originally named a suspect and charged after police found a vehicle linked to him at the crime scene.
The robbery occurred when three men walked into the bank and took it over, according to Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson. They went behind the counter and took an undisclosed amount of money.
Their last known location was between Brewer Road and the Verona exit on U.S. 45.
Johnson said a turning point in the case came when Deans was indicted on federal bank robbery charges. The resources provided by the U.S. Marshals helped put pressure on Deans, according to Johnson.
“He was already in the federal system,” said Johnson. “He had a federal probation officer because of a previous bank robbery conviction. They started to put pressure on him and he turned up. He seemed like he was tired of running and hiding.”
Johnson said he believes Deans has been in the area since the robbery, despite publicity that he’d been charged with the crime.
Authorities are still looking for three more suspects in the case.
No money was recovered from the robbery and Johnson said it’s virtually impossible that any money will be recovered.
Deans is in custody in Oxford at the federal jail. Because he’s on probation, no bond was set.
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or firstname.lastname@example.org.