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Ottumwa man arrested, charged in two robberies at gunpoint

MP Police, HC Sheriff's Office assisted in Jefferson County investigation

Ethan Nelson-David Spray, of Ottumwa, was charged in two bank robberies at gunpoint in Jefferson County, the first of which occurred in June and the second in August.

Spray robbed Pilot Grove Savings Bank, in Packwood, at gunpoint on June 1, at approximately 1:13 p.m. At that time, Spray escaped. Witness statements taken by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies assisted them in their four-month investigation.

The second robbery was on Aug. 6 at the South Ottumwa Savings Bank, in Hedrick. The description of the robber was similar to the bank robber described in June. Jefferson County deputies assisted at this crime scene as well.

Search warrants were obtained by the Wapello County and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Offices for two residences in Ottumwa on Aug. 16. Information gained from those search warrants led to six more warrants being obtained by Jefferson County for outbuildings, vehicles and a residence in Mt. Pleasant.

As a result of those investigations, Spray was charged with robbery in the first degree in Jefferson County. Spray was also charged by the Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office for robbery in the first degree for the Aug. 6 robbery in Hedrick.

Robbery in the first degree is a Class B felony under Iowa law and is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Assisting in the investigation of the Packwood robbery were the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ottumwa Police Department, Southeast Iowa interagency drug task force, Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Mt. Pleasant Police Department.