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Ashland bank robbery suspect arrested

A man accused of robbing a bank in Ashland allegedly gave the teller a note warning her not to give him any "die" packs with the money, according to a police document.

David Dean Johnson, 41, was apprehended without incident early Wednesday evening at his room at the Cedarwood Inn in Ashland, six hours after he allegedly passed a handwritten note at the Wells Fargo branch in downtown Ashland and demanded all of the money without "die packs," according to Jackson County Circuit Court documents and Ashland police reports.

Dye packs are hidden inside stacks of money and can be remotely triggered by the bank via radio transmitter to shoot red dye over the cash (and sometimes the robber), rendering it useless.

After the teller complied with his demands at about 11:25 a.m. Wednesday, Johnson allegedly demanded money from the neighboring teller before fleeing on foot with $2,770, court documents say. It isn't known whether a weapon was involved.

By early afternoon Wednesday, police had posted bank surveillance photos of the suspect on Facebook wearing a baseball cap and a Band-Aid under his eye, apparently to cover a face tattoo. By 5:36 p.m., police had tracked him to his room at the motel in the 1800 block of Siskiyou Boulevard.

Johnson faces two felony counts of third-degree robbery and a felony count of first-degree theft in the case, according to court records. He was released just before noon Thursday from the Jackson County Jail because of overcrowding, jail records show.

David Dean Johnson