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3 arrested in Ararat robbery
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Three Winston-Salem, N.C., men have been arrested in connection with the August armed robbery of Carter Bank and Trust in Ararat, Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said in a news release.
Jamel Clifton Allen, 36, and Devin Montae Robinson, 22, were indicted Oct. 24 in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, the release said. Each was charged with armed bank robbery, conspiracy to commit bank robbery and use of a firearm while in commission of a crime of violence, the release said.
Both Robinson and Allen are in federal custody, it added.
In addition, Diarus Mark Raynor, 21, was indicted in federal court on charges of bank robbery and conspiracy to commit bank robbery, according to the release and online court records. Raynor was released on bond, the release said.
According to Smith, officers responded to a holdup alarm at 9:39 a.m. Aug. 2 at Carter Bank and Trust on Ararat Highway. Bank employees told deputies that a man entered the bank with his face covered, displayed a firearm and demanded money, the release said.
An accomplice allegedly was waiting outside for the gunman, and the two allegedly sped away with an undisclosed amount of money, the release said.
A witness attempted to follow the suspect vehicle at which time one of the suspects allegedly fired multiple shots at the witness, according to the release.
Smith said deputies located the getaway vehicle a short time later, abandoned in a nearby cemetery. Patrick investigators were joined by FBI agents as more details were uncovered.
“We knew early on that multiple suspects were involved and that this crime had been planned in another state,” the sheriff stated.
Smith asked the FBI for assistance because of the interstate nature of the crime and because bank robbery is a federal offense, the release said.
“They brought an array of resources to the table that assisted us tremendously,” Smith said. The sheriff advised that his office’s resources were exhausted during the robbery investigation, adding that hundreds of hours from numerous officers were spent on the case.
Trial dates for the men have not yet been set, according to the release.
Smith indicated that the U.S. Attorney’s Office sealed the indictments for investigative purposes until the decision recently was made to release the information. More arrests are expected, and the investigation is continuing, the release said.
Anyone with information related to the robbery is asked to call Investigators Karen Weidhaas or Brian Hubbard at (276) 694-3161.