An Eveleth man accused of robbing a Virginia credit union told a woman the day before the crime that he was about to be in trouble, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.
Neiman Regis Adams, 26, was formally charged Tuesday in State District Court in Virginia with first-degree aggravated robbery, ineligible person in possession of a firearm and four counts of second-degree assault.
According to the complaint, Dezirae Drumm, who said she has had a relationship with Adams, told police that she visited Adams’ apartment the day before a Virginia credit union was robbed at gunpoint.
“This will be the last time you see me. I’m gonna do something stupid,” Drumm said Adams told her.
Adams is accused of robbing in the Virginia Cooperative Credit Union with an accomplice on Aug. 13. The other suspect has yet to be identified or taken into custody by authorities.
According to the criminal complaint, Adams brandished a handgun while his accomplice took an unspecified amount of money from behind the counter. Adams was arrested three days later on violation of his probation from a previous robbery case.
Adams was convicted in Hennepin County in 2010 of aiding and abetting first-degree robbery after a bank hold-up in Coon Rapids.
According to the complaint filed Tuesday:
After entering the credit union, Adams immediately went to the counter, where a teller was helping a customer, and pulled out a semi-automatic pistol with a silver slide and a dark-colored frame.
The customer told police that Adams pointed the gun at him and the cashier before stating, “Get down on the ground. Get down on the ground. Get down on the ground, sucker.”
While Adams stood at the teller window, an accomplice went to the end of the counter and entered the teller area. The tellers said they followed Adams’ orders to get down on the ground, while the second suspect began to take things from a teller’s drawer. The suspect with the gun did most of the talking, a teller told police.
The two men then fled the scene and officers from the Virginia Police Department and St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office responded to the credit union at approximately 1:15 p.m.
Police the next day received a tip from a woman who said she recognized one of the men from news coverage of the robbery. She identified him as “Nemo” and said he drove a white Dodge. Police were then able to fully identify him as Adams. Another woman reported to police that she recognized Adams from news coverage and said she had seen him driving a dull green BMW with Michigan license plates on numerous occasions. Police then found a matching vehicle at Adams’ apartment building in Eveleth.
Page 2 of 2 - On Aug. 16, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent interviewed Drumm, who told the agent about her conversation with Adams the day before the robbery. Drumm told the agent that when she saw video surveillance footage of the robbery, she knew it was Adams by the way he walked, his hands, his face and his shoes.
Adams was taken into custody later that day on a warrant for violating the terms of probation from his previous aggravated robbery conviction.