Jemison man facing robbery charges

Published 1:32 pm Friday, November 6, 2015

Formal charges were filed this week for a Jemison man arrested Monday night after allegedly robbing a Montevallo bank earlier in the day.

Jose Antonio Bernal-Moreno, 30, faces charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree property theft and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, according to court records.



A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Moreno in Shelby County for Dec. 2 before Shelby County Judge Dan Reeves.

Moreno allegedly threatened a teller at Trustmark Bank in Montevallo with “deadly force” and took $13,260 in cash before attempting to elude police in a pursuit.

Moreno at times reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, passing recklessly as he drove, according to court records.

Montevallo police officers located and pursued Moreno, but lost sight of his vehicle on Highway 139 in Bibb County.

As a result of a joint investigation involving the Montevallo Police Department, the University of Montevallo Police Department, the Jemison Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Moreno was arrested at 6:12 p.m.

Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer said officers with JPD assisted in locating Moreno.

Moreno was taken into custody in Jemison, according to Fulmer.

Montevallo Police Chief Jeremy Littleton told the Shelby County Reporter that Moreno said he had a gun, but did not show one.

The robber allegedly exited through the rear of the bank on foot. He was gone by the time police arrived at the scene, Littleton said.

No one was injured in the robbery.

“Tips made to the police department greatly aided in determining the suspect’s identity,” a Facebook post by the Montevallo Police Department said. “We appreciate the continuous support and assistance from our citizens to help make our community safer.”

District attorneys in Shelby County filed a motion requesting that Moreno’s bond be set at

$1 million citing several reasons including the amount of money Moreno took, the fact Moreno is not a citizen of the United States and is presently in the country illegally, the fact Moreno is an unlicensed driver and has a history of failure to appear on previous traffic infractions.

The motion also started that investigators at the Shelby County Jail heard Moreno say that his intentions when released from jail were to leave the country, and Moreno poses a danger to the public at large and is a substantial risk of flight.

As of Friday, Moreno was still listed in the Shelby County Jail.