But they can’t hide...: Madill officers recognized for efforts arresting out-of-state fugitive

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Madill Police Department Chief Donald Yow (left) presents Officer Alex Boren (right) with a letter of commendation Tuesday for his contributions in arresting a fugitive wanted for bank robbery out of the state of Arizona.

Three Madill police officers were recognized for their “quick action and professionalism” in arresting an alleged fugitive wanted for bank robbery out of Arizona last week.

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Madill Police Department Chief Donald Yow presented several letters of commendation to officers at the department. Officers Alex Boren, JT Moore and Dustin Atnip were among those recognized after working together to capture an alleged fugitive from justice on Feb. 3.

At around 10:03 p.m. on Feb. 3, Moore said he received a BOLO from the Marshall County dispatch regarding a white Lexus that was being tracked by the U.S. Marshall Service, according to an incident report authored by Moore.

Moore said dispatch informed him that the vehicle was heading into Marshall County from Texas across the Willis Bridge and that the driver, 57-year-old David Banks of Pheonix, was wanted for bank robbery out of the state of Arizona.

While in route to the corner of Highway 377 and 12th St. Moore said he received a phone call from Officer Atnip stating that he was behind the vehicle and they were heading north, about to turn into Madill. Officer Boren and Moore reportedly headed towards the area.

“As I was pulling up to the corner the vehicle matching the description passed me,” Moore said in the report. “I turned on my emergency light, getting the vehicle stopped on Highway 377, just past 12th St.”

Moore then exited his patrol vehicle and had the driver, later identified as Banks, stick his hands out of the driver’s window. As Moore instructed, Banks turned his vehicle off and placed the keys to the vehicle on the roof of the car with his left hand.

The officers further instructed Banks to exit the vehicle and place his hands on his head and kneel on the ground with his legs crossed. “Officer Boren and I then approached Mr. Banks and I placed hand cuffs on him,” Moore said.

While checking Banks for weapons, Moore said he noticed that Banks’s left pocket was full of money. The total amount of money was later counted to be $961.

Banks was placed in a patrol car and the officers reportedly took inventory of his vehicle. A black BB pistol was found under the spare tire in the trunk and a cell phone with the directions to Oklahoma City taking back roads was found in the front driver’s seat.

Banks was booked into the Marshall County Jail for his warrant out of the state of Arizona and later signed a waiver of extradition back to Arizona.