River Falls, Ala. Police Chief Greg Jackson said Russell Eugene Cooper, 52, was in possession of a .9 mm pistol at the time of his arrest.

The man wanted for a summer bank robbery in Eldon was arrested in Alabama Tuesday. 

River Falls, Ala. Police Chief Greg Jackson said that Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Lt. Chris Inabinett received information that a wanted bank robber, who was considered armed and dangerous, was in Covington County, possibly in the River Falls area.

Jackson said officials from RFPD, Red Level Police Department, the 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force, U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, Covington County Sheriff’s Office and Andalusia Police Department executed a search warrant at a home on Glisson Road.

There they learned that the suspect was staying at a Plywood Mill Road residence.

“Officers made contact with the suspect on the side of the home as he hid under the carport,” Jackson said. “I ordered him to the ground. He refused for a moment, but finally got on the ground.”

Jackson said Russell Eugene Cooper, 52, was found to be in possession of a .9 mm pistol.

“We have since found that Cooper was an absconded sex offender from Missouri, as well,” Jackson said.

According to Jackson, Cooper served a 20-year sentence for raping an elderly woman.

River Falls Police Department is charging him with fugitive from justice on the bank robbery.

The alleged crime occurred at approximately 1:36 p.m., on July 18, at the Eldon, Mo., Citizen’s Bank South.

Cooper is wanted for second-degree robbery in Missouri, with a $75,000 bond.

Jackson said when law enforcement officials ran Cooper’s name, they found he was considered armed and dangerous.

Jackson said Cooper also has two other felony warrant for methamphetamine.

River Falls PD is also charging Cooper with felon in possession of firearms, which Jackson said was a federal offense.

He is being held in the Covington County Jail without bond.

Eldon Police Chief Rodney Fair confirmed to LakeNewsOnline that Cooper had been apprehended in the State of Alabama by U.S. Marshals. He thanked the Marshal Service and the F.B.I. for their continued support and assistance in this case. 

Kendra Majors is a reporter for the Andalusia Star News, Ala.