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Iowa bank robbery suspect who escaped corrections facility arrested in MN


A bank robbery suspect, who was considered possibly armed and violent, was arrested in Minnesota Thursday – just weeks after he reportedly escaped from an Iowa corrections facility.

Kirk Matlock was taken into custody in Austin Thursday. The St. Cloud Times reports the 55-year-old was arrested without incident after checking into a hotel. Police received a tip after a statewide alert was issued, the paper says.

So how exactly did he get from his correctional facility to the Austin EconoLodge?

'Out of custody'

Just a few weeks ago, Matlock had been in an Iowa Department of Corrections facility, tucked down in the southeast corner of the state, the Des Moines Register says.

He was in the Burlington Residential Facility, more than 250 miles from Austin, and scheduled to get out in the spring of 2018.

But on March 8, Iowa's victim notification system listed Matlock as out of custody due to "escape" from that facility.

The bank robbery

On Wednesday, he appeared in the news.

The Midwest Heritage Bank on Lincoln Way in Ames was robbed around 5 p.m. that day, with the suspect demanding money and fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Local police quickly put out the word, releasing surveillance video images showing the suspect (whom the police identified as Matlock) and the suspected getaway vehicle.

Police warned Matlock is "known to go armed and has violent tendencies."

Things moved quickly from there.

The next night, Matlock was arrested across the border in Austin, at that EconoLodge. He was being held in Mower County jail as of about noon still Friday.

He was charged by the Ames Police Department Thursday with counts of theft and robbery, both felonies.

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