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Police Make Bank Robbery Arrest

Union Bank and Trust Union Bank and Trust
Officers smashed the glass in the front of the bank trying to get inside Officers smashed the glass in the front of the bank trying to get inside
Splendora's Surveillance Photo Splendora's Surveillance Photo

Reported by Leyla Santiago and Joanna Shrewsbury
Posted on June 01, 2007 at 9:27 a.m.
Updated at: 10:07 p.m.

Authorities have arrested a second suspect in connection with an attempted bank robbery on Charlottesville's downtown mall.  FBI authorites have John Joseph Amann in custody.

Police had already arrested 38-year-old Jeffrey Adams.  The incident happened at the Union Bank and Trust Friday morning.

Just a few minutes after the bank opened at 9:00 a.m., several people on the downtown mall saw what they called suspicious behavior. We spoke with a city employee who says he was standing outside when he saw a man in a suit walk into the bank and lock the door. He called 911.

Police say the robbery was underway when they arrived. Officers broke the window on the door of the bank to get inside. 

People in the area at the time say they heard a very loud noise--maybe even gun shots.

"I think what they may have heard forced intervention into the building by way of breaking the glass in the front door," explained Chief Tim Longo.

Police say the robber did not use a gun and police did not pull their guns either. 

Police taped off half a block of the downtown mall while they interviewed people who were nearby when the attempted robbery happened.

The owner of Splendora's, a gelato shop just up the mall from the bank, says he believes the suspect was in his shop prior to the robbery attempt. The owner says the man in the photo above was in the shop before the robbery and he recognized him when he was brought out of the bank in handcuffs.

A Splendora's employee says he served coffee at 8 a.m. Friday to the same man that robbed the bank. "He had dropped some money on the ground so I went out and gave the money to him. Very cordial, very polite. He didn't seem nervous at all," said the employee.



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