Bank Robbery Suspect Captured

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PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Law enforcement has captured a suspected robber who they say robbed a bank in Shenandoah.

William Lee Arnette, 60, of Culpeper, Va. was taken into custody and charged with one count of armed bank robbery.

Page County Sheriff John Thomas said that at 11:17 a.m. his office received a report of a robbery at the Pioneer Bank in Shenandoah.

While the Shenandoah Police Department responded to the scene, deputies from the sheriff's office, along with the Stanley Police Department, Elkton Police Department and Virginia State Police set up a perimeter around the bank.

Shenandoah Police Chief Paul Davis was one of the first on the scene. He said this type of crime is unusual in the area, "This is the first bank robbery that I've known of since I've been in the area. I've been here all my life. 30 plus years."

Davis said that a man handed a teller a note asking for the money. Davis added that a weapon was never used.

Sixteen minutes after the Page County Sheriff's Office received the initial report, Arnette was arrested on River Road by the Stanley Police Department.

Police say they found money from the bank when they searched Arnette's vehicle.

For those living and working near the bank, all the police activity caught their attention.

"I organically never knew what happened there. I eventually heard there was a robbery. I was very surprised that a local bank had been robbed. I'm glad they caught the guy as quick as they did," said Charles Jenkins, who works across the street.

The FBI has joined the investigation into this robbery and any possible ties to other crimes that may have been committed by Arnette.


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