Suspect’s note: ‘I wont all the money no die pack Now’
October 27, 2005
Asa Meek allegedly walked up to Edwards FirstBank teller Sara Dabner on Oct. 19 and without a word handed her a note reading “This is a hold up I wont all the money and no die pack Now.”Meek’s hands were shaking as Dabner grabbed cash from her drawer and handed it to the “chubby, older, pale and sad-looking” man, according to the arrest affidavit from Eagle County sheriff’s Detective Doug Winters. Bank official Mary McDougall said she was pleased by employees’ response but disappointed the robbery took place. “We certainly were shocked to find something like this happening in our valley,” McDougall said. The affidavit details the events surrounding the robbery: The man, suspected to be Meek and later identified by bank employees and police, took the undisclosed amount of money from Dabner and put it in his denim jacket. Dabner watched the man leave, walking slowly and unsteadily. She came from behind the counter and watched the man walk faster, heading southwest away from the building. After losing sight of him, Dabner informed her supervisor of the robbery, and another bank official locked the building and called police. Meek was identified later by Dabner and another teller in a photo lineup.Avon police officer Mike Lundblade thought the man – described as in his 50s or early 60s, 5 feet 1 inch tall with a beer belly – might be Meek and provided additional identification. “Their description of the guy just clicked with me,” Lundblade said.Lundblade dealt with Meek during an incident at Wal-Mart in which no charges were filed. A background check at the time found Meek had a history of burglary and theft, Lundblade said.Lundblade reviewed surveillance photos from the bank robbery and was 85 percent positive the man in the photos was Meek. Another officer was 95 percent sure the man in the photos was Meek.Winters compared Meek’s FirstBank account signature to the demand note and found similarities in the letter “M.” Meek also had filled out an employment application two weeks before at the Stop N Save in Gypsum. The handwriting on the application and note were similar.Meek was arrested at his home in the Eagle River Trailer park on charges of robbery and theft, both felonies. He is being held at the Eagle County jail on $50,000 bail.