Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced today that the Fayetteville Police Department is investigating an attempted robbery at the Arvest Bank at 3045 W. Martin Luther King Boulevard.

On January 9, 2012, at approximately 10:29 A.M., employees of the Arvest Bank at 3045 W. Martin Luther King Boulevard called the Fayetteville Police Department and reported that a female had entered into the bank stating that she had an explosive device attached to her ankle.   The employees of the bank were evacuated and when patrol officers arrived on the scene, the woman, Betty Davis, age 73, was still at the scene.   Officers determined that the device was still attached to Davis and the Bentonville Bomb Squad was called to remove the device.    Davis indicated to officers that she and her husband had been held hostage at her residence in Washington County, and she had been forced to enter the bank and remove money.  The Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Davis residence at 15860 Black Oak Road and found Davis’ husband, tied up inside and their vehicle; a 2011 Silver Ford F150, Arkansas vehicle license # 291JHZ was missing.  Any persons with information about this incident are encouraged to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 479-587-3555.

             This investigation is continuing and we will provide additional information as it becomes available for release.