The suspect in the November robbery at Central Bank of Sedalia, 301 W. Broadway Blvd., appeared in court Monday for a hearing.
David O. Waters III, 26, of Kansas City, was charged in late November with first degree robbery and armed criminal action. He was arraigned in court Monday afternoon at the Pettis County Courthouse with Judge Robert L. Koffman. He entered a plea of not guilty and appeared via video, according to online court documents.
Pettis County Prosecutor Phillip Sawyer said Waters was indicted by a grand jury in mid-January and the case was assigned to the Division IV circuit court in Pettis County.
The case was continued to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16 for a case review. Waters is represented by the Public Defender’s Office.
Sedalia Police Department officers arrested Waters Nov. 20 in the 100 block of East Chestnut Avenue, just hours after the bank robbery occurred.
According to a SPD report, at 11:40 a.m. Nov. 20, SPD received a report that Central Bank had been robbed. A witness stated the suspect indicated he was armed, demanded money and then fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.
According to court documents, Waters handed a teller a note that read “I need that money. Gun in my pocket. One wrong move your (sic) dead. Start with the money on top.” SPD Detective Josh Howell said the weapon was never shown or used, according to the witness.
SPD officers checked video surveillance footage at nearby convenience stores, finding that Waters had entered Break Time, across the street, at 10:56 a.m. Officers also saw him enter a vehicle, which was later stopped when Waters was arrested. Waters was questioned by officers at SPD, but denied any involvement in the robbery.
Waters has a prior conviction for second degree robbery and armed criminal action and was on probation/parole for those charges at the time of his November arrest in Sedalia.