Man charged for robbing Southaven bank

Southaven bank robbery suspect arrested
(WMC-TV) - Dennis Nelson of Batesville, Mississippi and his son were just leaving Memphis headed home when they stopped to get snacks.

"You know, we're just stopping through," said Nelson. 

Perhaps 24-year-old Thomas Kennedy of Ward, Arkansas was also "just stopping through" when police say he decided to rob a bank in Southaven.

"That's my bank... I'm a Bank Plus customer," said Bank Plus customer Issac Wallace.

Investigators said around 12:15 Friday afternoon, Kennedy walked into the Bank Plus on Venture Drive and demanded money.

Police said he got away with an undetermined amount of cash and fled South on Highway 55 in a White Ford Truck.

A broadcast went out by Southaven dispatchers and within hours police spotted Kennedy heading West on Interstate 69.

He was reportedly taken into custody without incident.

"I'm surprise because look at the traffic. What was the chances of him getting away? And you can't do wrong and get by," said Wallace.

Investigators said no one at the bank was injured and employees never saw a weapon. 

Kennedy is now charged with robbery.

"It's Christmas time. We all have to watch out for what we're doing, what we're buying, and who we're buying it around. Anything could happen, it's just crazy," said Nelson.

Southaven Detective Mark Little thanked the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Horn Lake and Hernando Police Departments, and the DeSoto County Constable Bobby Holloway for their assistance in the arrest.  

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