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Walton Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

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A man wanted for an early morning bank robbery in Walton County has been arrested. 25 year old Jordan Kyle Townsend was arrested in Santa Rosa County on robbery charges.

Walton County law enforcement worked all Monday to locate the suspect and obtain an arrest warrant.

Townsend fled on foot with money from the Suntrust Bank in DeFuniak Springs around 9am.

Dressed casually with his face uncovered, Townsend can be seen in Suntrust Bank surveillance photos and appeared to casually walk into the bank, stand in line, and approach a teller with a note.

"He produced a note that warned a teller that he was armed with a firearm. He never did show the fire arm. We responded to find the suspect had fled on foot," said Lt. Tilman Mears of the DeFuniak Springs Police Department.

Mears said Townsend fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, traveling north.

The Walton County k-9 unit and the Sheriff's Office were called in to assist in Monday's search.

"During the tracking it appeared he headed back south, in a south direction," said Mears.

As the search continued Monday, Mears asked businesses to be on alert approaching the holiday season.

"The economy the way it is, the shortage of the money and jobs, I don't know what gets people to respond in this manner. I would also encourage the businesses and people to pay close attention this time of year. Unfortunately this is what happens," said Mears.

Townsend was arrested by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office and transferred into Walton County custody.