MASON CITY – Mason City police have a suspect in custody in a bank robbery that occurred February 3rd.
Mason City police say they have developed information that ties Allen Mark Penhollow, 32, of Mason City, to the stolen truck, the bomb threat that was called in to Newman School, and the First Citizens Bank robbery. This series of events took place in about a 24 hour span on February 2nd and 3rd. See original press conference, here.
On Wednesday, Mason City Police investigators applied for an arrest warrant for Penhollow charging him with 2nd degree theft, a class D felony. Penhollow was tracked to the Des Moines area and law enforcement and FBI agents in that area were alerted and assisted in the apprehension of the suspect. Penhollow was arrested Wednesday evening without incident and taken into custody by FBI agents and MCPD Investigators.
Penhollow was transported to the Cerro Gordo County Jail Thursday morning. In addition to the arrest warrant, he will be charged today with 2nd degree robbery, a class C felony; arson, for the bomb threat, a class D felony; and terrorism, a class D felony.
The police investigation also ties Emily Elizabeth Francis, 29, of Mason City, to the bomb threat and bank robbery as an accomplice before, during and after. Arrest warrants will be applied for Thursday that charge her with 2nd degree robbery, arson and terrorism. “We have a good idea where she is at but are unable to physically arrest her at this time,” said Captain Mike McKelvey of the Mason City Police Department.
The Mason City Police Department would like to thank the citizens, media, businesses, and other agencies that assisted with the investigation or submitted possible leads.
Allen Mark Penhollow
Emily Elizabeth Francis
SUBJECTS ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.