According to the probable cause statement filed against Cooper in Miller County, a teller - named only by the initials JS - at Citizens Bank South stated that she was helping a customer at the drive-through window of the bank when she noticed a man with an orange shirt wrapped around his head, leaving only his eyes visible. She was able to tell that he was a white male, and he was wearing a red shirt and plaid shorts.

The Lake area man arrested Tuesday in Alabama is charged in Miller County with second degree robbery for the theft of nearly $10,000 from a July bank robbery in Eldon.

Russell Eugene Cooper, 52, was taken into custody in River Falls, Ala. after the execution of a search warrant by the River Falls Police Department, 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.

Cooper is in custody in Alabama in lieu of a $75,000 cash or surety bond, according to a press release from the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. 

The criminal warrant from Miller County for Cooper’s arrest was issued after charges were filed Sept. 8.

According to the probable cause statement filed against Cooper in Miller County, a teller - named only by the initials JS - at Citizens Bank South stated that she was helping a customer at the drive-through window of the bank when she noticed a man with an orange shirt wrapped around his head, leaving only his eyes visible. She was able to tell that he was a white male, and he was wearing a red shirt and plaid shorts.

The man came up to her with a note written on a paper towel. Court documents state, “JS stated that she did not remember exactly what the note said but she remembered it saying, ‘not a good day and something about dying.’ JS stated that the only thing the suspect said to her was ‘hurry, hurry everything, everything.’”

The teller gave the suspect everything she had in her drawer, except what he dropped on the counter. The robber then apparently fled the immediate scene on foot.

According to the bank manager who later counted down the money, the suspect had taken $9,705.

Police released surveillance video stills with a photo of the suspect and a possible getaway car.

Then on Aug. 31, police were contacted by an inmate in the Moniteau County Jail stating they had information about the identity of the man who robbed the Eldon bank.

The inmate, unidentified in the probable cause statement, told police it was Cooper and described the vehicle that he had used to commit the robbery and the vehicle owner’s name.

On Sept. 1, police contacted the vehicle owner who said they were with Cooper at the time of the robbery. Referred to as Witness #2 stated, “all of sudden the defendant, Cooper got up wrote something on a paper towel and said ‘I’ll be back in 10 minutes.’”

Cooper allegedly took the vehicle keys with him.

When he returned, the witness said he threw a large amount of money on the table and told them to “get the f!@# out of here.” The witness estimated Cooper had about $10,000.

The court documents state the witness also said Cooper and a “second defendant” left to hide the money. The witness also said that after Cooper had fled the area he called the second defendant and had him burn the clothes he was wearing when he committed the bank robbery. 

Witness #2 identified Cooper from a photo of the bank robber while he was inside the bank and recognized the clothes he was wearing.

Later that day, Sept. 1, police interviewed a third witness who said they saw Cooper driving the car at a high rate of speed toward the trailer home, and then saw him take a large amount of money from his pockets.

“Witness #3” said Cooper told Witness #2 to “take the car and hide it but ’drive normal.’” Cooper then got into the second defendant’s car and left. When the second defendant returned, Witness #3 said Cooper was not with him.

A fourth witness was interviewed who stated that Cooper had been wearing plaid shorts and a red t-shirt for approximately four days straight before the bank robbery. 

“Witness #4 stated that this was odd because the defendant had other clean clothes but he did not change,” court documents state.

Witness #4 identified Cooper’s clothes as those worn by the suspect in the photo from the bank robbery, and looking at the photo again, said “that is him.”

The probable cause statement - filed Sept. 8 - said police believed Cooper had fled area to allude police, traveling with an over-the-road trucker. The investigator also stated that Cooper was believed to be a danger to a crime victim because multiple witnesses stated they were in fear of their life because Cooper is violent and dangerous. One witness stated that the defendant had tortured people in the past.

According to the Andalusia, Ala. Star News, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency received information that Cooper, who was considered armed and dangerous, was in Covington County, Ala., possibly in the River Falls area. After executing a search warrant at one home, they learned the suspect was staying at a residence in another location.

Upon arrival there, officers located the suspect on the side of the home as he hid under the carport, according to River Falls Police Chief Greg Jackson.

Ordered to the ground, Cooper reportedly refused at first, but then got on the ground. He was taken into custody without further incident, but was allegedly found to be in the possession of a .9 mm pistol.

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

Cooper also has two other felony warrants for methamphetamine.

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

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

Kendra Majors with the Andalusia, Ala. Star News contributed to this story.