Brett Blume

LEBANON, Ill. (KMOX) –  A 43-year-old woman now faces charges in connection with Monday’s armed hold-up of a bank in Lebanon, Illinois.

Carla R. Walker, whose hometown is listed as Lebanon, was charged in a federal criminal complaint with one count of bank robbery.

She faces a possible twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.

Walker entered a not guilty plea to the charge Wednesday.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois alleges that Walker entered First Federal Savings Bank in Lebanon around 4:30 Monday afternoon.

She reportedly pulled a handgun out of her bag, pointed it at the teller and demanded cash, after she had already handed over a note announcing the bank was being robbed.

The robber, who was dubbed the Flip-Flop Bandit because of her bright green footwear seen on surveillance footage, left after obtaining between $14,000 and $16,000 and ordering the teller to the ground, saying that someone was waiting outside the bank with a gun aimed at the entrance.

Police used images obtained from the bank’s recently upgraded security system to go around asking residents if they recognized the woman.

They eventually found some of Walker’s relatives, who identified her as the suspect.

When investigators arrested Walker and searched her home, they found a pair of “fluorescent green flip-flops” like the ones worn by the bank robber in a trash can.

She’s being held without bond pending trial.


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