An Urbana man faces multiple felony charges following an incident Wednesday at a Bolivar bank that led to a foot pursuit and minor injuries for a Bolivar Police Department officer.
According to online court records, Joshua Allen Fredericks, 29, of Urbana was charged Thursday in Polk County Circuit Court with class D felony forgery, class D felony possession of controlled substance and class E felony resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony, as well as misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
He is being held in Polk County Jail on $75,000 bond. As of press time Thursday, online court records had not been updated to include any upcoming court dates.
Increased police presence at Commerce Bank in the 2300 block of South Springfield Avenue Wednesday afternoon sent false rumors of a bank robbery flying.
BPD, however, assured residents via social media Wednesday evening no robbery had taken place.
“The bank was not robbed,” the post read. “Some very sharp-eyed, vigilant employees noticed a ‘customer’ was trying to cash a check for a large amount apparently drawn off a well-known Bolivar resident’s account.”
According to a BPD news release, Officer Derek Lankford responded at around 2:41 p.m. Wednesday to a report of “a fraudulent check being passed” at the bank.
“Employees of the business recognized the owner of the check and believed that it was fraudulent due to the amount payable and the signature on the check,” the release said.
According to the probable cause statement, bank staff provided Lankford with a check “that was made out for $3,000 and had a forged signature.”
The statement said the victim later said “he did not sign the check” and wished to pursue charges.
Upon Lankford’s arrival at the scene, bank staff identified Fredericks, who was described as a white man wearing a white button-up shirt, still at the bank, the statement and release said.
Fredericks told Lankford, “I shouldn’t have tried to cash that check,” the statement said.
During the initial frisk, the officer found “a pipe used to smoke drugs,” the statement said.
When informed he was “being detained for the investigation,” Fredericks “began to run from the officer,” the release said.
Fredericks then fled westbound, across South Springfield Avenue, onto Walmart property, the statement said.
During the pursuit, the officer reported he fell but was able to recover and continue pursuing Fredericks on the store’s property and back onto South Springfield Avenue before tackling him and placing him into custody.
“(He) ran in and out of traffic on South Springfield but was unable to evade Officer Lankford, who was then able to control the man and place him into handcuffs,” the release said.
During a continued search of Fredericks, the officer found a “clear glass pipe in his left front pocket” with “white residue inside.” The officer also found “a clear baggie of white crystalline substance that field tested positive for methamphetamines,” the statement said.
Lankford reported he suffered “minor injuries” to his right knee and right elbow, the statement said.
The statement said Fredericks is currently on felony probation and parole for possession of controlled substance and second-degree burglary.
According to the felony complaint, Fredericks is charged as a persistent offender. If convicted of the forgery and/or controlled substance charges, he may face “an extended term of imprisonment, specifically that of a class C felony,” which could include a prison sentence of “not less than three years and not to exceed 10 years and/or a fine up to $10,000,” the complaint said.
Fredericks is also charged as a persistent offender on the class E felony resisting arrest charge, which could be punishable by a prison term “not to exceed seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, a term of imprisonment up to one year in the county jail, and/or a fine up to $10,000, or any combination of fine and incarceration.”