The preliminary hearing for a Provo man charged with aggravated robbery will be Jan. 31 in 4th Circuit Court before Judge Lynn Davis.

Glenn King Mehew, 27, 14th N. 1705 West, Provo, was arrested Jan. 20 in connection with a robbery that occurred that same day at First Interstate bank, 66 E. 1650 North.Provo Police Capt. George Pierpont said a man entered the bank at about 1:30 p.m. wielding a knife. He demanded money and left with $4,990 from three cash drawers.

A bank employee tried but was unable to take the knife away from the man and pursued him on foot.

"It was a brave act, but it is not recommended to everyone," Pierpont said. "It turned out he assisted in the apprehension."

The arrest occurred several blocks away.

Bank robbery is also considered a federal offense, but Utah County Attorney Steve Killpack said Mehew was charged on the state level.

"My belief is that when local crimes occur, people like to see that person charged locally," he said. "He still could be charged federally. Nothing we have done precludes that from happening."

Mehew is also being questioned in connection with several other armed robberies that have occurred in less than a month in the Provo/Orem area, police officials said.

Two robberies occurred at a Texaco Gas Station at 1340 N. Second West in Provo. The first robbery was Dec. 30 when a man entered the store with a knife demanding money. He left with $290. The second robbery occurred Jan. 6 and $123 was taken.

Orem Public Safety Spokesman Gerald Nielsen said they are questioning the man about an armed robbery at a Crest gas station at 560 N. State St. in Orem. The armed robbery occurred Jan. 9 when a man pulled a knife on a female employee and demanded money from the till. He left with almost $300.

Mehew's bail has been set at $50,000.