Charles Edgar King Jr. (Photo: Greene County Jail)

A Springfield man who was identified when his photo was broadcast by local TV stations pleaded guilty to bank robbery in federal court Tuesday.

Charles Edgar King Jr., 57, pleaded before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush. King admitted that he used a note to steal $8,815 from Guaranty Bank, 2109 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, on July 10, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri.

King entered the bank at about 10:30 a.m. and went to a teller at a counter. He handed the teller a handwritten note that read, according to the press release: “I have a gun this is a robbery.”

The teller handed him cash and King left and walked away through a parking lot.

Surveillance cameras in the bank captured video that clearly shows King, who was not wearing a mask. The video image also shows King’s bare hands and a tattoo of a cross on the back of his right middle finger.

On the same day as the robbery, the FBI released one of the surveillance images to the media and requested assistance from the public. King’s former probation officer saw the media coverage and contacted the FBI that day and identified King.

On July 19, an anonymous source contacted law enforcement with a tip that King was at the Springfield Inn near Kearney and North Glenstone in Springfield.

Springfield detectives and FBI agents saw King leave the hotel driving a Scion Cube with no license plate. Springfield officers stopped the car and detained King on an investigative arrest for robbery.

King told an FBI agent he used the stolen money to buy the used Scion Cube for $2,400, that he gave away some of the money and spent the rest, the press release states.

Under federal statutes, King is subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The actual sentencing will be determined by the court based on advisory sentencing guidelines and other factors.

Steve Pokin

Steve Pokin writes the Pokin Around and The Answer Man columns for the Springfield Daily Citizen. He also writes about criminal justice issues. He can be reached at spokin@sgfcitizen.org. His office line is 417-837-3661. More by Steve Pokin