Bank robbery suspect caught in West Salem

WEST SALEM -- A transient was arrested on June 13 after robbing a Salem bank with a demand note.

WEST SALEM -- A transient was arrested on June 13 after robbing a Salem bank with a demand note.

Salem police received a report of a bank robbery at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chase Bank at 480 Glen Creek Road NW. The suspect entered the bank, handed a teller a note, received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in a car, according to police.

A Polk County Sheriff's Deputy spotted the suspect's vehicle traveling northbound on Wallace Road near the intersection with Brush College Road about seven minutes later, police said.

The suspect, James N. Flowers, 63, was stopped near the entrance to Wheatland Ferry and taken into custody without incident. The stolen money was recovered.

Flowers was charged with robbery in the first degree. The investigation will be turned over to the FBI, police said.

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