• Okawville bank robbery suspect identified

    by  • May 16, 2013 • News

    michael dawson

    Michael Dawson

    A 33-year-old Mascoutah man suspected of bank robbery was arrested Wednesday after a car and foot chase with the Okawville police chief.

    Michael William Dawson reportedly was arrested after Okawville Police Chief Stephen Millikin saw him leaving the First National Bank in Okawville shortly after it had been robbed.

    According to reports, the police chief happened to be pulling up to the post office across the street from the bank, just after it had opened and saw the suspect run out of the bank. The chief followed the suspect to a getaway car in which the suspect drove off.

    Millikin pursued the suspect’s vehicle through town, and as we reported Wednesday, onto eastbound Interstate 64. Dawson then exited his vehicle near mile marker 43 and ran into the median where the chief reportedly caught and arrested him. He was initially taken to the Washington County Jail, but was later transferred to the Marion County Jail where he is being held on federal bank robbery charges.

    Dawson is not unknown to the area, and has received multiple traffic citations over the years in Clinton County.

    It is unclear how much cash was taken in the robbery. Wednesday’s bank robbery was the second in Washington County in less than two weeks. On May 4, the Nashville Savings Bank was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect in that incident remains at large.