A North Carolina couple suspected in a cross-country trek robbing banks along the way were arrested Tuesday afternoon in Louisiana less than an hour after reportedly robbing the Delta Trust Bank in Eudora.
Jonathan Johnson, 26, of Mt. Airey, N.C. is alleged to have entered the Delta Trust Bank at Eudora at 1:43 p.m. and demanded money.
“He walked in with a note, gave it to the teller and said he wanted all of the money,” said Chicot County Sheriff Ron Nichols. “He said ‘this is a robbery, give me your money — big bills — and don’t call police or push any buttons’ so the teller gave him what she had in the drawer.”
He was not armed, Nichols said.
The bank tellers got a good description of the Johnson vehicle and the direction in which it was headed. Less than an hour later, at 2:28 p.m., Johnson and his 34-year-old wife April Elizabeth Johnson were arrested in West Caroll Parish, La. by Pioneer Police Chief James L. Walls. The Johnsons still had $1,280 of the $1,300 Jonathan Johnson took from the bank, Nichols said.
During interviews with the couple, police reportedly learned that they had left North Carolina headed west to California and may have been involved in bank robberies in North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee before reaching Arkansas, according to Nichols.
Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen charged both Jonathan and April Johnson with robbery, theft, and criminal property use. They are alleged to have used a relative’s vehicle for financial gain.
If convicted, both could face up to 20 years in prison for robbery, 20 years for criminal property use and up to six years for theft. They will have a hearing Thursday before a magistrate in Louisiana where they are expected to waive extradition to Chicot County.