Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

A Crescent City man was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with a bank robbery in Carson City, Nev., that had occurred just minutes earlier.

Terry Fowler, 51, of Crescent City, allegedly walked into a Carson City Wells Fargo branch just before 2 p.m. and demanded cash while holding a folding knife, according to the Carson City Sheriff's Office.

Fowler was arrested within 300 feet of the bank, said Carson City Sheriff Ken


"The teller held his composure, followed policies and procedures, triggered the alarm, and got ahold of us," Furlong said. "We swarmed the area and the guy had nowhere to go. He basically made it across the street and that's as far as he got."

Fowler, who is well known by Del Norte County law enforcement, claimed he had only been in Carson City for 15 minutes before he was arrested, Furlong said.

When he was arrested, Fowler had an undisclosed amount of cash and a knife, Carson City authorities said.

The Sheriff's Office credits the bank employees for the successful arrest and for the fact that the entire incident was wrapped up in less than four minutes.

Commander Bill Steven of the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office said Fowler is a familiar face.

"We're familiar with him and we have decades of history involving him committing a variety of crimes in our county, including violent crimes," Steven said.

"He's been in and out of prison and probation most of his adult life."

Carson City detectives and FBI agents are investigating the robbery. Fowler was booked into the Carson City Jail on suspicion of robbery, with bail listed at $40,000, according to the Carson City Sheriff's Office.

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