Police make arrest in bank robbery

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Police arrested a man they believe robbed a Farrell bank on Thursday.

Detectives said Arthur C. Pate III, 44, was arrested on bank robbery and theft charges at about 6 p.m. Thursday, some seven hours after the First National Bank on Indiana Avenue was robbed.

Police said Pate, with his lower face covered, walked into the bank and passed a note to a teller demanding a specific amount of money.

Police said he stole $1,100, $540 of which they found at his apartment. Witnesses told police they never saw a weapon and that he fled on foot following the robbery.

Court records show Pate pleaded guilty to mutual combat assault on June 18, a charge amended from attempted homicide, and was sentenced to one year probation.

He has a criminal history dating back to 1991 that includes prison stints for theft, receiving stolen property and assault in 1997, between two and five years for felony trespassing in 1998 and one to three years for theft by force in 2003.

He served jail time, records said, for fleeing to avoid prosecution and harassment in September, disorderly conduct in 2008 and drug trafficking in 1996.

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