Alleged bank robber pleads not guilty

Alleged bank robber pleads not guilty

EUREKA -- The Oregon man charged with robbing a bank here earlier this week entered a plea of not guilty in Humboldt County Superior Court on Friday.

John Adelbert Reeves, 44, also pleaded not guilty to being drunk in public, impersonating another person and giving false identification to a peace officer. That stems from a Wednesday arrest. When Reeves was booked on those charges, he reportedly told police he'd been staying at a motel.

A motel clerk told police that Reeves had shaved his mustache and paid for everything in cash. Police found clothing in his motel room consistent with the clothes the suspected bank robber wore during the Monday hold-up. Investigators were reportedly able to recognize Reeves from surveillance photos taken at the bank and arrested him on suspicion of robbery Thursday.

Officials have not said whether they recovered any of the money.

Reeves allegedly entered the Bank of America on Fourth Street around 1:20 p.m. Monday, handed a teller a note, claimed he had a gun and walked out with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured and it is unknown if the suspect was carrying a weapon. Several witnesses told the Times-Standard that they didn't know anything was going on until it was over.

Judge Marilyn Miles set Reeves' bail at $70,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Dec. 24.

John Driscoll/The Times-Standard
Posted: 12/12/2009 01:24:19 AM PST