A 21-year-old Altoona man was arrested by the Belleview Police Department after he admitted to robbing a local bank and making a bomb threat.
On Monday, August 8, BPD officers responded to the Wells Fargo Bank located at 5407 SE 111th Street in Belleview in reference to a bomb threat. Upon arrival, the officers were notified by dispatch that the bank had been robbed by a white male who had left the area on foot.
A BPD corporal searched the area around the bank and located a man matching the description that was provided by dispatch. The man was later identified as John Lloyd Henderson-Winfield.
According to BPD, Henderson-Winfield refused to stop for the corporal and a foot pursuit ensued. Henderson-Winfield ran to a residence in the area of SE 110th Street and SE 55th Avenue. The corporal continued to run after Henderson-Winfield, and another officer joined the pursuit.
The officers continued to pursue Henderson-Winfield, and he was located behind a residence on SE 55th Avenue. The officers took him into custody without incident.
Employees at the bank told BPD investigators that Henderson-Winfield had asked for money and stated that the building was surrounded by bombs. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad responded to the bank and determined that the location was clear.
While at the police station, Henderson-Winfield agreed to speak with a BPD detective and admitted that he had robbed the bank. He also acknowledged that he had mentioned a bomb.
Henderson-Winfield was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail. He is facing charges for robbery, false report of a deadly explosive, grand theft, and resisting an officer without violence.
A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.