Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 25, 2014

Robbery suspect captured

Tenn. police arrest woman who attempted to rob Bluefield bank

BLUEFIELD — A woman who attempted to rob a Bluefield bank at gunpoint has been captured in Tennessee, police said Thursday.

Beverly Mangum, 51, of Bluefield, was captured during a home invasion, according to Bluefield Police Chief Dennis Dillow.

Mangum was caught on a security camera at a home she broke into and Hamdlen County Police caught the woman as she was fleeing the scene, Detective K.L. Adams of the Bluefield Police Department said.

Adams said the Bluefield Police Department has put a hold on Mangum for the bank robbery in Bluefield pending her release in Tennessee.

“Mangum is being charged with armed robbery of the First Century Bank on College Avenue in Bluefield on April 12,” Adams said.

The woman, whose image was caught on a bank security camera, entered the bank, approached the counter, and gave a bank teller a note demanding money. The note indicated if the clerk did not comply she would fire her weapon. The suspect also brandished a handgun, according to an earlier report by Adams.

The bank teller, who was attempting to comply with the orders, dropped some change in the floor and hit a panic alarm button as she bent over to pick up the change. Adams said the suspect then began to get nervous and fled the bank without any money.

“She is being held without bond in the Hamdlen County Jail in Morristown, Tenn., on a home invasion charge,” Adams said.

“As soon as the state of Tennessee is done with her charges she will be extradited to Bluefield.”

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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