Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

July 10, 2014

Police continue search for bank robbery suspect

PRINCETON — Investigators continued Wednesday to search for evidence that could lead to an individual who robbed a local bank at gunpoint earlier this week.

An extensive search was launched Tuesday afternoon when a male subject robbed the City National Bank along Greasy Ridge Road near Princeton.

A white male wearing a dark green long-sleeve shirt with yellow letters, carrying a blue backpack and wearing a camouflaged mask entered the bank at approximately 1:30 p.m., displayed a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money.

An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.

The case’s lead investigator, Detective W.E. Rose of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, said he was waiting for the bank’s parent company to prepare a CD of the local bank’s surveillance video and deliver it. Video surveillance records from nearby businesses, the West Virginia Tourist Information Center across the road from the bank, and other sources were also being reviewed.

Video from the Wal-Mart indicates the suspect could have left the woods near that store before going into the forest again. Another witness at a neighboring sawmill saw a male individual walking toward the Wal-Mart, but whether it was the suspect was not known. A report of shirtless hitchhiker wearing camouflage pants who climbed into a silver Trail Blazer on Interstate 77 was also being checked, Rose stated.

Rose said the suspect is approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 170 lbs.

Deputies and troopers with the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment conducted an extensive search immediately after the robbery. K-9 units were employed as well. The nearby American National University campus temporarily went on lock down. It reopened approximately an hour later.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

1
Text Only
Local News
  • U.S. shipping coal overseas

    July 28, 2014 1 Story

  • Firefighters worked scenario nearly identical to tunnel incident

    David Thompson Sr., chief of the Green Valley-Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department said on Sunday that regional emergency responders had met in Wytheville, Va., in June to discuss a emergency response that was similar to the real life emergency that occurred Friday afternoon in the northbound lanes of the East River Mountain Tunnel.

    July 28, 2014

  • Elite eight... Eight inducted into Tazewell High School Hall of Fame

    The Elite Eight were honored by the Tazewell High School Hall of Fame Saturday.
    Eight honorees — Glen Riddle, Charles Grindstaff, Whitney Davis, Carol Green Robertson, James “Robbie” Colley, Ralph “Moon” Mullins, James Farley and Don Necessary, Sr. — were inducted Saturday at THS in the seventh annual presentation coordinated by chairman Lawrence (Debo) Johnson. They join 50 previous honorees in the select group of former graduates, supporters and friends of THS as chosen by the HOF committee.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blue Jays Sunday Danville nips Bluefield in 12 innings

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Practice scenario nearly identical to real-life tunnel fire

    July 27, 2014

  • Crash... Two transported from Route 460 wreck

    Two people were transported to a Mercer County hospital following a two-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon on U.S. Route 460 at the intersection with Willowbrook Road.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • PRINCETON POLICE DEPARTMENT July 17-23

    July 27, 2014

  • Active warrants in Tazewell County July 27 Active warrants in Tazewell County July 27

    The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking the following individuals. Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of these individuals can call the sheriff’s office at 276-988-1167 or the Tazewell County 911 Center at  276-988-0902.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_4822.jpg All tunnel lanes open

    Traffic on Interstate 77 was still backed up about 14 miles in Bland County, Va., Saturday evening, but the Virginia Department of Transportation reported at about 6 p.m. that both northbound lanes of I-77 through East River Mountain were open to traffic.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo 2 Slideshows

  • First on scene... Firefighters’ story: Working together put the fire out

    Lights in the southern end of the tunnel illuminate an odd design beside the catwalk near the left lane of the northbound tube of the East River Mountain Tunnel that transports I-77 from Virginia into West Virginia. Two firefighters who made the initial assault through the total darkness of the soot and smoke-filled tunnel left those marks as they slid their arms along the catwalk wall on their journey back to the light.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

National and World
Newspaper Deivery Routes Available
Sister Newspapers' News
Facebook
Local News Videos