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Great Western Bank robbery suspect found at brother's apartment

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The suspect in Monday's Sioux Falls Great Western Bank robbery is expected to make his first appearance in court Tuesday.

Alvoine Jones, 21, was taken into custody Monday after Sioux Falls police received a Crime Stoppers tip that Jones was at his brother's apartment.  

Sioux Falls police said Jones was waiting outside Great Western Bank on North Sycamore Avenue early Monday morning with a handgun. Police said he approached a female employee outside the entrance of Great Western Bank shortly before the bank opened. He demanded money and ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash. The employee was not hurt.

Sioux Falls Police said an eye witness saw Jones running northbound. Detectives canvassed the area and talked to possible witnesses and received descriptions matching the video surveillance in the bank. 

Detectives said a big identifier was the hat the suspect was wearing at the time of the crime. A  Crime Stopper spotted the hat later Monday and led police to an apartment building at the 4500-block of East 3rd Street.

Detectives watched the apartment and saw a person who matched the description, but it was the suspect's brother. Detectives asked Jones' brother if anybody else was in the apartment and he said his brother was inside the building.

Detectives entered the apartment and saw an open backpack matching the backpack in the surveillance video with torn money bands inside it. The detectives obtained a search warrant and arrested Alvoine Jones at 5 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Sioux Falls police said they recovered most of the stolen money and two plastic semi-automatic hand guns. Officer Sam Clemens said he does not know if the hand guns are props or BB guns and if they were even used during the robbery.

Jones is expected to make a court appearance Tuesday afternoon. Stay with KSFY News as more details unfold.

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