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BELIEVE SUSPEC IN BANK ROBBERY Authorities at Bentonville Also of Belief That Man Under Arrest Is Relative of Al Spencer. Spncial to Tho Globe. Bentonville, Ark., April 2.-^ Authorities t.onight were working on tho theory that cine" ot the suspects arrested and in jail here, who gave his name as Campbell . Keys, Is a half-brother of Al Spencer, jiotorious Oklahoma outlaw, who, i? is alleged, alleged, was leader of the bandit gang that robbed the Gentry, Ailc., bank of $1,500 Saturday morning. Authorities also dre of the bellei Keys was the driver of the car in which the four bandits escaped following following the daring daylight holdup. That his name is Campbell Keys is discredited, Sheriff George Maples said tonight. Since his arrest Keys has maintained the strictest .silence, J Maples said. , \ Four Others Arrested. ' Four other suspects, two women and two men, \vere arrested Sunday, but one has since been rfefeased None of the other suspects are believed believed to have participated in the robbery, Sheriff Maples said • last nigh't, but are being held' for investi-' gatlon as to "knowing something about it." Keys, and another man, who gave his name as George Tiyjs, were brought to the county Jail here from Row«, Okla. Both, were arrested early Sunday morning at ^an old house in the outskirts of\Rowe, with Carl Reis, at whose home the three men were captured after Oklahoma authorities had besieged the /house all night and had exchanged shots with the occupants. Tibbs was released released today. Reis, arid the two women, wlio have refused to give their names, were brought hero from Jay today. According to Sheriff Maples, the women claim to bo the wtfe and sister, sister, respectively, of a man named Clifford. The two women, Maples said, and two men.whp, jTe,.:belioves are impli- clited in the'bank ''.robbery, have' been living in an old log house on the banks of the Spavlnaw river, about two and a half miles from Rowe for the last two weeks. The wonien were arrested at the cabin late Saturday night. The belief authorities held_ that one or more of the ' bandlts"'-was, in the house they bombarded Saturday Saturday night near Rowe.V, .was confirmed confirmed today in an alleged statement by Reis, that a man giving his name as Clifford had -called at the home and asked, that a doctor be summoned, summoned, Maples said. It is the opinion opinion ot Sheriff Maples that the wounded man was one of the ban-^ dits believed to have been injured when the Bandits' car was fired upon as it passed through Bloomfleld, Ark., in the flight from, Gentry. '"I believe at least two of tho bandits are injured," Maples said.. Photograph IdentlHed. A photograph of Al Spencer has been positively identified as that oC onosofthe men participating in tho bank robbery Saturday,' Maples said. No' one has been able to identify Keys, he said. The bandit xar was left in the alley near the bank. M^aples explained, and only three ot the four bandits wore seen. He expressed expressed th» belief tonight that Keys was the drlver^of the car. Finding of the abandoned bandit car near Rowe led to belief that the baWdi'ts had taken to 'the hills, but later authorities declared that they had continued their flight in another car that wa.s, awaiting them. A second second car •was discovered after Kels, Keys and Tlbbs wore captured Sunday Sunday morning after the> gun battle. 'Both cars were bullet riddled and bloodstained. '•Both cars had recently recently been stolen, Maples declared. One car Vaa Identified today by a Bartlesvllle ma,n as pne stolen from him a few weeks ago. , A posse, headed by Sheriff Maples stormed the house at'Rowe Saturday Saturday night until the surrender of tho occupants Sunday morning. Maples asserted Inst night he was positive he wounded a man In the battle, who stepped from the door and fired at members of tho as It advanced. T^he man fell and was dragged inside ' by companions, Maples said. , , , The bank bandits are bellevCd to [,have escaped from tho house during during the fighting, authorities believe. . With the exc.eption of a few members members the posse disbanded yesterday and the search for the bandits abandoned. abandoned. A report sent out Saturday night that .Deputy Sheriff Ben Smith of Delaware county, Oklahoma, had been killed In the fight with the bandit!!, was without foundation, it developed Sunday. Sjnith fell to the ground when ono of tho alleged bandits opened flro and had sus- tain.ed a minor flesh wound from having struck his head on a rock, but was otherwise uninjured. J

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  1. Joplin Globe,
  2. 03 Apr 1923, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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