Suspect in Jefferson County bank robbery apprehended

October 31, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - The gunman who allegedly robbed the Bank of Charles Town's Kearneysville, W.Va., branch Wednesday evening was taken into custody shortly afterward, police said late Wednesday.

According to a press release issued by the West Virginia State Police, a lieutenant with the Ranson Police Department spotted the suspect and arrested him at the entrance of the Fox Glen subdivision, which is near the bank along W.Va. 9.

The release did not indicate whether the man had been charged in connection with the 4:27 p.m robbery.

Several people were inside the bank at the time, and, not long after the holdup, dispatchers issued a be-on-the-lookout warning over police radio frequencies for the robber. They described the suspect as a white man in his 30s with dark hair, long sideburns and a "five o'clock shadow." They estimated his height to be 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 7 inches, and said he had a small build. He drove off in an unknown direction in a red Ford Ranger pick-up truck, the dispatchers said.


Dispatchers told officers to be careful, saying the robber had shown bank tellers a gun.

Officers throughout the area immediately started spotting and pulling over similar trucks.

Several police cars congregated around a house at Fox Glen.

At the bank, as rain and darkness fell, employees would only let police, medics and bank officials inside. Through windows, a state trooper could be seen dusting for fingerprints at one of the teller's windows.

A typed sheet of paper taped to the bank's front door indicated the bank was closed because of an emergency.

Several people pulled up in their cars and walked to the bank's front door. Some read the note and left or walked to a nearby ATM, while others waited until an employee came out and told them the bank would not re-open.

A short time after the robbery, police let a man who had been inside the bank turn off the ignition of his car, which had been idling by the bank's front door. He was then escorted back inside.

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