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Independence man identified as Columbia bank robbery suspect caught in Kingdom City

Columbia Police at Commerce Bank
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Columbia Police responding to the scene of a bank robbery at Commerce Bank on Bernadette Drive on Dec. 26, 2019


Columbia police identified River Reed Godfrey, 20, of Independence, Missouri, as the bank robbery suspect who was taken into custody Thursday.

River Reed Godfrey, 20, was booked into the Boone County Jail on Dec. 26, 2019 on suspicion of first-degree robbery

The Callaway County Sheriff's Office announced it captured Godfrey in Kingdom City.

MEDIA RELEASE – Response to inquiry as to large law enforcement presence in Kingdom City** Columbia, MO bank robber...

Posted by Callaway County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, December 26, 2019

Callaway County deputies and a state trooper found Godfrey on foot near a business at the 3000 block of County Road 211 in Kingdom City, according to a social media post. Deputies said Godfrey was arrested without incident and the 20-year-old was transferred to the Columbia Police Department.

Multiple Columbia police officers and a state trooper responded to a suspected robbery at the Commerce Bank on Bernadette Drive Thursday morning.

Police said the robber left the scene before officers arrived. Officers were called to the bank around 10:15 a.m. Thursday. The man reported having a gun, but no weapon was shown at the scene.

You can watch a previously recorded livestream of the police presence at the bank in the media player below.

Watch ABC 17 News at 5 for more information on this story.

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