STARKVILLE — A Starkville man is behind bars after he robbed Renasant Bank on Tuesday afternoon.
Starkville police arrested Laquavis Collier, 31, after a report of a robbery at the bank on Lampkin Street.
Collier demanded money after spending a brief time in the bank and then fled on foot with a bag of cash. SPD set up a perimeter around the bank and detained Collier at the intersection of Gillespie and Spring streets.
SPD Public Information Office Brandon Lovelady said Collier was believed to be armed at the time of the incident. The bank was open at the time, but there were no injuries.
“Today marked one of the first bank robberies within the city in a very long time,” said Starkville Police Chief Mark Ballard in a press release. “A credit to the bank employees who trained, took their training seriously, and followed their training as well as the first responding officers and their supervisors. This high level of communication between all parties were critical in the apprehension of the suspect.”
Collier has been booked in Oktibbeha County Jail. No bond has been set.