Arrest warrant issued for man accused of robbing Great Western Bank

Posted By: Bayley Bischof Channel 8 Eyewitness News 

Lincoln Police are looking for the man they believe robbed a bank at gunpoint last week. 

An arrest warrant for Donnell Murphy was issued in the Lancaster County court Monday.

The documents allege Murphy entered the Great Western Bank on 17th and South Streets Friday around 9:00 a.m. He handed a bank teller a note that said "If I don’t make it out, you go with me. Get $10,000 on the counter, no funny money." 

That’s when Murphy is accused of taking out a handgun and threatening the teller, who handed him an unknown amount of money, the arrest warrant affidavit said.

Murphy left the bank with the money, leaving the note behind. Investigators traced the note back to Murphy’s girlfriend. It was written on the back of a letter she told police Murphy took from her home before the robbery. 

Investigators said Murphy called a taxi from his girlfriend’s home after writing the note. The taxi driver said Murphy told him he needed to cash a check, went into the bank for about 15 minutes and returned with an envelope, and drove him back to his girlfriend’s home. His girlfriend said he was out of breath when he got back, according to court documents.

Police said they believe Murphy has left the state. 

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