Davenport police arrest bank robbery suspect

2009-06-06T16:00:00Z Davenport police arrest bank robbery suspectThomas Geyer The Quad-City Times
June 06, 2009 4:00 pm  • 

A 49-year-old man with a criminal history in Scott County has been charged in the Tuesday robbery of the Valley Bank branch on West Kimberly Road, Davenport police Capt. David Struckman said Saturday.

John Anthony Hutter, who has no known address, was arrested Friday in Oskaloosa, Iowa, in Mahaska County, Struckman said. He is charged with robbery first-degree.

Davenport detectives were able to trace Hutter to Oskaloosa, and relayed that information to police there, Struckman said. Oskaloosa police located Hutter in a convenience store and arrested him after a short foot chase.

The video from the bank was excellent and the tellers remained calm and provided investigators detailed information of the robbery, he said.

Within 24 hours of the video being broadcast by media, Struckman said information about a possible suspect began coming in. 

Davenport detectives then followed-up on each of those tips.

One of those tips led to some of Hutter’s family members in the area, he said.

Detectives then were able so serve a search warrant at a place in Calamus, Iowa, Friday, Struckman said.

“We were able to intercept a telephone call made by the suspect last night,” Struckman said Saturday. It was thought he was in a convenience store in Oskaloosa. When Oskaloosa officers got to the store, they captured Hutter after he ran.

Hutter was being held in the Mahaska County Jail. Scott County District Associate Judge Christine Dalton set bond at $100,000.

Struckman said Hutter allegedly robbed the Valley Bank branch, 427 W. Kimberly Road, at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Hutter had tried to enter the bank after business hours but could not get in. He then hid in the bushes and accosted a cleaning lady. He placed the barrel of a toy silver revolver into the woman’s back and used her to get inside the bank. He then grabbed a cash drawer and fled the bank.

A man mowing an area near the bank found the empty cash drawer and toy pistol and called police, Struckman said.

“Not all of the money has been recovered,” Struckman added. He did not disclose how much was taken in the robbery.

“At this point we don’t know the reason for him being in Oskaloosa,” Struckman said. “He moves around quite frequently. He’s unemployed with no real ties that would keep him in this area. He does have family here; he does have relations. But why he was in Oskaloosa, we don’t know.”

Hutter was driving around in a vehicle he had taken from an acquaintance, Struckman said. “We were able to recover and impound the vehicle and it will be searched,” he said.

Hutter has a long criminal history in Scott County. He was last arrested in April on a charge of assault causing bodily injury.

In November 1998, March 1999 and March 2007, he was convicted of operating while intoxicated, or OWI.

In April 1999, he was convicted of two counts of forgery and was sentenced to consecutive five-year prison terms in the Iowa Department of Corrections.

In December 2005, he was convicted of disorderly conduct by fighting, while in May 2007, he was convicted of public intoxication, obstructing emergency communications, and criminal mischief.

According to Scott County District Court records, Hutter still owes outstanding fines on most of those cases totaling $5,365.13.

Hutter will be transferred to the Scott County Jail from the Mahaska County Jail as soon as possible, Struckman said.

Robbery first-degree is a Class B felony under Iowa law that carries a mandatory prison sentence of 25 years of which 70 percent, or 17.5 years, must be served before parole can be granted.

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