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Suspect arrested in bank robbery

Dec. 12, 2012 @ 11:35 PM

BARBOURSVILLE -- A man was arrested for robbing a Barboursville bank Wednesday afternoon following hours of questioning by authorities.

Jonathan Tyler Deaton, 22, of Barboursville will be charged with felony robbery in connection to a robbery at the Fifth Third Bank located at 101 River Road just off of U.S. 60 in Barboursville, said Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas.

Deaton was picked up by St. Albans Police officers when he reported for work in the town at about 6 p.m. Wednesday. He was questioned by detectives with the Cabell County Sheriff's Office and local FBI agents for at least two hours before charges were filed against him. McComas described Deaton as being cooperative with investigators.

McComas credited the cooperation of several law enforcement agencies, dispatchers and the general public in ensuring a quick arrest was made Wednesday.

In addition to St. Albans and FBI personnel, investigators with the Huntington Violent Crime Task Force and dispatchers at the Cabell County 911 call center played a vital role in catching Deaton.

Tips poured into the sheriff's office after photos of Deaton were released to local media outlets and shared using social media.

Deaton was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court on Wednesday evening.

According to early dispatch reports, a man between the ages of 25 and 30 walked into the Fifth Third Bank at 2:22 p.m. Wednesday wearing a black scarf, ski mask, white hoodie, blue jeans and sunglasses. He fled on foot northbound toward U.S. 60 following the robbery.

Information about what took place or how much money was taken during the robbery was not available Wednesday night.

Investigators with the sheriff's office, the Barboursville Police Department and the West Virginia State Police responded to the scene.

Immediately following the incident, McComas said investigators were receiving conflicting witness reports. It was unclear if the suspect showed a weapon during the robbery, he said.

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