Police arrest man after bank robbed

AUSTINTOWN — A man was charged with aggravated robbery Wednesday, less than a day after Chase Bank was held up Tuesday morning.

The arrest was made possible through inter-agency collaboration between Austintown police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, according to a report.

John M. Hopkins Jr., 48, 1806 Rosemont Road, Alliance, was arraigned Wednesday on the first-degree felony charge, according to records with Mahoning County Court in Austintown. He did not enter a plea and is being held at the Mahoning County Jail in lieu of a $200,000 bond, according to court records.

Hopkins was arrested after BCI called Austintown dispatchers to let them know there was an attempted robbery Monday in Lake Milton, and the suspect’s car was a black Kia, which was the same car seen fleeing Tuesday from Chase Bank, 4243 Mahoning Ave., the report states.

Police identified Hopkins through the vehicle’s registration, the report states.

Officers were called 11 a.m. Tuesday to Chase Bank after a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses came in and gave a teller an envelope with a note written on it asking for $10, $20 and $50 bills, the report states. The man posed with his hand under the sweatshirt like he had a gun, but the teller never saw a weapon, the police report states.

The teller handed an unreported amount of cash over and the man left, the report states. A witness said he got into a black Kia.

rfox@tribtoday.com

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