Bowling Green police released this image of the robbery Monday at BB&T Bank.

A man suspected of robbing a downtown Bowling Green bank was arrested Monday afternoon.

Steven Earl Spruill, 40, of Bowling Green, was arrested by the Bowling Green Police Department on charges of first-degree robbery, tampering with physical evidence and giving an officer false identifying information.

City police responded around 10:55 a.m. to a robbery at BB&T Bank, 443 Park Row, where they learned a man had robbed an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled on foot.

A surveillance camera image released by police showed a black male with a beard wearing a dark knit cap, camouflage jacket and tan pants.

Shortly after officers and detectives responded to the area, police located the camouflage jacket and hat a few blocks away, and Spruill was recognized by a detective on Adams Street, according to a post on BGPD’s Facebook page.

Spruill lied about his identity when police made contact with him, and he later confessed to the robbery when interviewed at BGPD headquarters, according to police.

BGPD spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward said the robber entered the bank and indicated to an employee that he had a weapon and a detonator.

Ward said they have been unable to confirm whether the suspect actually carried a weapon or detonator.

The bank was closed while officers and detectives scoured the area for clues.

The robber left nothing behind within the bank, Ward said.

This is the second robbery in less than a day’s time to occur in the city.

Ward said police responded after 10 p.m. Sunday night to a reported robbery at Family Dollar store at Gordon Avenue near Veterans Memorial Lane.

Ward said police have been unable to obtain clear video footage of that incident.


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