Bank robbery suspect caught

August 21, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man wanted in the May 7 robbery of a Shady Grove, Pa., bank was apprehended Friday afternoon walking along West King Street near the Texaco station, said West Virginia State Police.

Joseph Paul Bookwalter, 25, was being held without bond Friday night at the Eastern Regional Jail, officials there confirmed.

Acting on a tip from Pennsylvania State Police, Troopers R.J. Elswick and J.A. Laing accompanied undercover officers and Pennsylvania officers to set up surveillance on the King Street Texaco when Bookwalter appeared.

Bookwalter has been at large since he failed to show up for a June 11 hearing on charges that he robbed the Shady Grove branch of the First National Bank of Greencastle a month earlier.

"His attorney was here, the police were here, but he wasn't here," Franklin County District Justice John P. Weyman said.

"We do have information that he did, in fact, flee the state," said Trooper Anthony Manetta, who confirmed that the FBI had been notified.


Manetta said a bail revocation hearing was held in Bookwalter's absence in June. His $50,000 bail was revoked and warrants were issued for violating the terms of his bond and for failing to appear at the preliminary hearing.

Bookwalter was known to live in the Greencastle, Pa., and Waynesboro, Pa., areas at the time of his June 2 arrest and gave a relative's address in Waynesboro as his home. He was released on bail June 3.

He faces charges of robbery, criminal conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property and simple assault.

The bank was robbed at about 10 a.m. May 7 by a man armed with what appeared to be a large revolver.

The robber got away with $6,120.

Manetta said two other men have been charged in connection with the holdup.

Kevin W. Kahoe, 22, of 211 W. Fifth St., Waynesboro, faces the same charges as Bookwalter, he said.

The affidavit of probable cause alleges that Kahoe provided the Crossman pellet gun used in the robbery.

A trooper recovered the weapon May 11 along Hades Church Road in Antrim Township, Pa., according to the affidavit charging Bookwalter in the robbery.

Carl L. Butler, 25, of 23 Strine Ave., Waynesboro, was charged with receiving stolen property and compounding. Manetta said the affidavit alleges he took money from the robbery in exchange for not providing information to police.

Both of those men are out on bond awaiting hearings, police said.

WVSP said Bookwalter also is wanted by Waynesboro police in connection with a burglary.

Staff writer Don Aines contributed to this story.

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