Bank robbery suspect taken into custody after standoff

Standoff scene on Greenside Drive.
Standoff scene on Greenside Drive.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The man suspected of two robberies was taken into custody after a standoff Sunday night.

Police said 31-year-old John Patrick Dudley prompted a nearly four hour standoff on Greenside Drive in Huntsville around 5:30 p.m.

Hours earlier, Dudley was suspected of robbing a Walmart pharmacy located at the intersection of Drake Avenue and Memorial Parkway Sunday afternoon. Police said Dudley also robbed the North Alabama Educator's Credit Union Friday afternoon.

Police said Dudley stole cash and prescription medicine from a clerk at Walmart, saying he had a gun. He then took off.

Police immediately issued a BOLO on his car, which was described as an older model white Lincoln with a red top.

Huntsville Police spokesperson Dr. Harry Hobbs said officers located the vehicle at the home of Dudley's relative. It was later discovered that the relative dropped off Dudley at a residence on Greenside Drive.

Officers checked the home and a standoff ensued when Dudley refused to come out. Police said evidence suggested Dudley was armed. The SWAT team and negotiators were immediately brought to the scene.

One person who was inside the house was safely removed unharmed. Surrounding residents were also evacuated as a precaution.

At around 8:20 p.m., police went inside the home and arrested Dudley safely and without injury.

He was booked in the Madison County Jail and charged with first-degree robbery. He was also charged with first-degree robbery for the credit union robbery.

Police are still looking for the gun he used.

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