Suspect apprehended

Last updated: August 26. 2014 2:41PM - 6990 Views
By - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

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An armed older man walked into the Lewisburg Banking Company in Lewisburg this morning and robbed the branch. The suspect was later apprehended in Russellville.

At approximately 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, the Logan County Sheriff’s Department was notified of an armed robbery of the Lewisburg Bank. According to reports, an older white male entered the bank, approached a teller, brandished a handgun and demanded money.

Lawrence R. Freeman, 64, of Dimple Road in Morgantown, received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the bank.

Bank employees gave a very good description of Freeman, as well as his vehicle including a partial registration plate number, according to a report from the Logan County Sheriff’s Department.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was notified and agents responded to the scene to assist deputies.

At approximately 10:48 a.m., off-duty Logan County Sheriff’s Deputy Clint Wright observed a male subject matching the suspects description in a vehicle matching the vehicle description near the Colonial Inn parking lot in Russellville. Deputy Wright immediately notified the Emergency Communication Center (ECC/911) and the Russellville Police Department officers, who rushed to the location.

Freeman was taken into custody by the Russellville Police Department without incident. An undisclosed amount of cash from the bank and a handgun was recovered from Freeman. The vehicle Freeman was driving was determined to be stolen from Nashville, Tenn.

Freeman was interviewed by detectives of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). He is being charged with numerous charges including first degree robbery.

Freeman will be lodged in the Logan County Detention Center.

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