Saucier man arrested in Gulfport bank robbery

Daniel Lee Murphy
Daniel Lee Murphy

GULFPORT -- Police have arrested the man suspected in Friday's armed robbery of a Hancock Bank branch in Lyman.

An anonymous tip received Tuesday led to the arrest of Daniel Lee Murphy of Saucier on a charge of armed robbery police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said.

It's likely Murphy, 25, will be prosecuted in federal court instead of state court. The FBI typically assists in bank-heist investigations and presents allegations to a federal grand jury as a bank robbery charge.

The bank, on South Swan Drive just off U.S. 49, was held up about 4:55 p.m. just before it was to close for the night.

The robber approached a teller window, demanded money and implied he had a gun, McDaniel said.

Police released surveillance pictures of the suspect to the media early Friday night.

Aside from clear pictures from security cameras, all investigators knew was the man ran out and headed south. It wasn't clear if he had a getaway car or lived nearby.

The anonymous tip led police to Murphy's house, where he was taken into custody, McDaniel said.

Murphy was booked at the Harrison County jail late Tuesday afternoon.

He was held on a $100,000 bond set by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner.