On the evening of September 3, a traffic stop led to the arrest of an Illinois bank robber.
A Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled over a pickup truck and trailer on Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith for not having readable tags and non-functioning rear lights on the trailer. The identity of the driver, Juan Pablo Flores, 41, of Van Buren.
The deputy ran Flores’ information and it returned showing that Flores had an active FBI warrant for armed bank robbery out of Aurora, Illinois. The warrant information also listed Flores was to be considered armed and dangerous.
After being taken into custody, Flores verified information through SCSO communications and the FBI. The deputy also received photos for identification and it was confirmed that Flores was a subject wanted by the FBI.
An Arkansas State Police trooper assisted the lone deputy in making the arrest.
Later SCSO announced that “despite the best efforts and due diligence of SCSO, the FBI contacted SCSO this afternoon and asked that Juan Pablo Flores be released from custody. SCSO took all necessary steps on the evening of 9-3-20 to confirm the warrant and confirm the identity of the person named on the warrant. Also, SCSO spoke with the FBI case agent on the phone at the time of the traffic stop and the agent said they wanted Flores arrested. Flores was released from custody at 3:00 pm today.“