Man pleads not guilty in bank rob­bery case

The Weekly Vista - - News - TRACY M. NEAL NWA Demo­crat-Gazette

BEN­TONVILLE — A Bella Vista man pleaded not guilty Mon­day to felony charges in con­nec­tion with the rob­bery of the Bank of the Ozarks in Ben­tonville.

Da­mon Chris­tian

Var­gas, 21, is charged with ag­gra­vated rob­bery, theft of prop­erty and pos­ses­sion of a firearm by cer­tain per­sons. He pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment be­fore Ben­ton County Cir­cuit Judge Robin Green.

Var­gas was ar­rested Aug. 10 in con­nec­tion with the bank rob­bery at 405 S.W. 14th St.

Var­gas walked into the bank on Aug. 10 and handed a teller a note that read “calm” “armed” “50’s 100’s” and “En­ve­lope,” ac­cord­ing to a prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit.

The teller gath­ered all the hun­dred-dol­lar bills, which to­taled $3,200, and handed Var­gas the money, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

He ad­mit­ted to hav­ing $2,900 in cash in his house, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. Po­lice found the money, a semi-au­to­matic pis­tol and the note passed dur­ing the rob­bery, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Var­gas ad­mit­ted to the rob­bery and told po­lice he com­mit­ted the crime be­cause he was tired of be­ing in drug court and just wanted to live his life the way he wanted to.

He went to his mother’s house after the rob­bery to say good­bye and to change clothes and shave in an ef­fort to al­ter his ap­pear­ance, the af­fi­davit states. Var­gas then bought $140 worth of mar­i­juana, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. Var­gas said he in­tended on get­ting caught in about a year or turn­ing him­self in, but wanted to have fun and catch up with some peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

He is be­ing held on $250,000 bond in the Ben­ton County Jail.


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