FORT GAY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — UPDATE 1/12/18 @ 3:05 p.m.
More details have been released about an armed bank robbery Friday, including information that the suspect was attempting to rob another bank, the Louisa (Kentucky) Police Department says.
Steve Meeks, 61, of Louisa, is charged with first-degree attempted robbery of the Inez Deposit Bank, first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving, second-offense DUI and having illegal registration plates.
Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies in West Virginia say Meeks also will be charged in the robbery of Community Trust Bank on Friday in Fort Gay.
Officers in Louisa received information about the Fort Gay robbery after being notified earlier that a man was acting suspicious around the Inez Deposit Bank.
A pursuit of the suspect’s truck included Wayne Sheriff’s deputies, the Louisa Police Department, the Lawrence County (Kentucky) Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police. That pursuit ended on state Route 1690 just before Nats Creek.
Police say during the pursuit, the suspect started throwing money from the truck onto state Route 1690.
“I would like to thank all the citizens in that area that had collected money they found and turned it over to myself, Trooper Murriell or Sergeant Wilburn,” said Louisa Police Chief Greg Fugitt in a news release.
All of the recovered money was handed over to investigators in West Virginia.
A man suspected of robbing a bank at gunpoint in Wayne County, West Virginia, has been taken into custody in Kentucky.
Wayne County Sheriff Rick Thompson tells WSAZ a man wearing a mask walked into the Community Trust Bank on Friday in Fort Gay with a gun and demanded cash, then took off in a truck.
The sheriff identified the suspect as Steve Ray Meeks of Louisa, Kentucky.
A deputy followed the suspect into Kentucky where he was taken into custody by Kentucky State Police.
Investigators say they found stolen money in the truck driven by the suspect.
WSAZ has a crew headed to the scene.
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