Update: Bank Robbery Suspects Identified

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Police have identified the three suspects arrested for robbing an Omaha bank Wednesday morning.

The manager of the Bank of the West near South 50th and Grover streets told police two suspects entered the bank around 9 a.m., showed a gun and demanded money. After receiving some cash the pair took off eastbound on foot where they then got into a car driven by a woman.

Witnesses followed the suspects from the scene. The getaway car collided with another vehicle at 44th and Grover and the two male suspects ran. Police were able to track down the woman at 42nd and A streets. One of the men was found at 46th and A and the third suspect was found at 43rd and Grover.

Marshall Nelsen of Omaha recorded the pursuit on his dash-cam while chasing one of the suspects. “I think every citizen has a moral code to try to stop anything that’s bad that’s going on and so I’m just doing my part.”

Austin White

The suspects were identified as 24-year-old Howard (Evan) Smith, booked for for two counts of robbery (also involved in the December 20th robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank at 52nd and Ames); 19-year-old Samantha Provencher, booked for one count of robbery and 16-year-old Austin White, charged as an adult with one count of robbery. Investigators are still conducting photo lineups for Smith so his mug shot is not available at this time.

While extreme, stories like this tie into a bigger issue within the community and that is involvement, especially through programs like Neighborhood Watch.

“With a strong Neighborhood Watch group, in a neighborhood that doesn't see much crime, statistically, that will keep crime from coming into that neighborhood by having alert neighbors, the signs posted, the direct contact to and from the police department," said Roger Cox with the Bellevue Police Department.

Residents of Bellevue are invited to take part in and learn more about Neighborhood Watch next Tuesday, February 11th from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Bellevue fire training site off Cornhusker Road.

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