- Local Guide
ST. MARYS — A suspect has been taken into custody in relation to an aggravated robbery that took place at a local bank Friday afternoon.
St. Marys Police Chief Mark Ernst confirmed to The Evening Leader a suspect has been taken into custody a few hours following the incident at 3Rivers Federal Credit Union on Greenville Road.
The suspect was located at a residence on Edwards Street.
The apprehension came a few hours after the initial call came into the police department. At approximately 12:21 p.m. Friday, employees from 3Rivers Federal Credit Union on Greenville Road called the St. Marys Police Department to report the incident.
A white male reportedly approached an elderly woman in the parking lot, displayed a knife, stole her purse and car and fled the scene.
Officers were looking for a white male, 25 to 30-years-old, 5-foot-6-inches to 5-foot-10 inches tall, 170 pounds with a short, dark beard. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans and a red baseball cap.
The suspect was believed to be driving a gray, 2014 Chrysler 200. Ernst said the suspect initially asked the woman for a ride, but when she declined he stole the vehicle.
The vehicle was recovered within the city and is being processed for evidence. Ernst said the investigation into the incident quickly came together.
“It came down to good eye witness testimony and the officers’ knowledge of people in the city,” Ernst told The Evening Leader.
“We were able to put those two things together and came up with a viable suspect that led to the arrest.”
Ernst declined to release the name of the suspect, pending further investigation into the matter.
Officers recovered a bike at the scene they believe to belong to the suspect. Other evidence has also been collected from the scene.
“I want everyone to rest assured that this is a very rare occurrence in St. Marys, but we are not immune to crime,” Ernst said. “Absolutely, if a bad guy wants money, he knows going to a bank there will be people coming in and out with cash so it’s important for people to be aware of their surroundings.”