HAZARD — Hazard City Police were able to put a quick end to a bank robbery late last week after the alleged robber walked right into police hands.
Officials say Floyd Fletcher, from Martin County, allegedly robbed the People’s Bank & Trust, which is inside of the Walmart Supercenter off of Highway 80 in Hazard, just before 4 p.m. on Friday.
“He just went in there and demanded cash and threatened physical harm to them,” said Hazard Police Captain Minor Allen.
Allen said Fletcher had a pocketknife, but did not brandish the weapon during the robbery. Fletcher left the store, having taken $2,000 from the bank.
No employees or customers at the bank or in the store were injured.
“They gave him the money, and he exited the building,” said Allen. “One of my officers, David Wiseman, was outside in the parking lot and was able to stop him without incident.”
Allen added, “He came out and jumped right into his arms, pretty much.”
Wiseman arrived at Walmart not knowing that a robbery was occurring inside. The officer said he had come to the store to obtain video related to his investigation of a couple of purse-snatching incidents that had happened earlier in the week.
“I was out walking the floor and came back, and they had a shoplifter,” Officer Wiseman said. “So, I went to go get my car, to pull it up to the front [of the store]. While I was in my car, that’s when they hollered and said that the bank had been robbed.”
One of the bank tellers alerted Officer Wiseman to the whereabouts of the robber, who was in the parking lot.
“He made it about halfway down the aisle before I caught up to him,” Wiseman said.
After being apprehended, Fletcher requested to be taken to the nearby Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center. Officials said that Fletcher was suffering from a pre-existing condition.
Perry County Commonwealth’s Attorney John Hansen spoke about a possible issue in the county when questioned about the incident.
“This is the second homeless guy that has been brought in from another county who has committed a dangerous crime against the good people of Perry County,” Hansen said.
Fletcher was released from the hospital on Monday, July 21. He has been charged with robbery and is currently being housed in the Kentucky River Regional Jail.
“We’re just very pleased with the results of it,” Allen said. “Glad we could make a quick arrest on it.”
Mindy Miller can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.