James Givens

Springfield man indicted in connection to bank robbery

A Springfield man was indicted in connection with a January bank robbery.

James Givens, 39, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on a charge of robbery. He previously pleaded not guilty to a similar charge in Clark County Municipal Court.

Springfield police began their investigation on Jan. 22 following reports of a bank robbery at Security National Bank, 920 W. Main St., according to an affidavit from the Clark County Municipal Court.

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A bank teller told police that a man they believed to be in his 50s or 60s approached their desk and handed them a note.

The teller stated she refused to open the note, so the man opened it for her, according to a Springfield police report. The teller said that the man placed the note on the desk, and it read: “Give me all the money in your drawer.”

The teller then complied with the suspect’s demands, an affidavit says.

“She handed over an unknown amount of U.S. currency to the suspect, and then he fled on foot from the bank,” the affidavit says.

The suspect was seen wearing a blue puffy coat, dark pants, dark shoes, black and green gloves, and sunglasses, according to the affidavit.

Investigators later spoke with witnesses who saw a man fitting the description flee to a light blue car parked at a curb on North Jackson Street, according to the affidavit.

Givens was eventually arrested after a second bank robbery in Springfield. That robbery took place at KeyBank at 402 S. Burnett Road.

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Amanda Alvarado, 35, is the main suspect in that case and was charged in Clark County Municipal Court.

But the two suspects were arrested together after the second robbery.

Alvarado has not been indicted into common pleas court at this time. She was due in court on Monday for a preliminary hearing.

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