Russell John Shelton

Russell John Shelton

A Russellville man was taken into custody this week in connection to a bank robbery at the Woodforest Bank at a Walmart in Meridian, Miss.

Russell John Shelton, 50, was arrested at 450 Rhea Blvd. in Russellville on Tuesday, March 12 when answering the front door to agents with the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force and officers with the Russellville Police Department who were there serving him with an out-of-state warrant. Agents had observed Shelton’s vehicle earlier on Tuesday backing into the driveway at his residence.

Agents with the task force were contacted by a federal probation and parole officer in reference to the Mississippi bank robbery and were advised Shelton was one of the suspects from the robbery that was still at large.

"It is my understanding Mr. Shelton is a suspect in additional bank robberies as well," said Jacky Hunt, Director of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force.

Hunt added that Shelton is suspected to have sent a special needs individual into the bank with a note instructing the teller to put money in a bag without a dye pack. Shelton got scared, said Hunt, and left the bank leaving behind his accomplice.

Police identified the accomplice as 33-year-old Charles Richey. Police apprehended Richey after a bank employee recognized him and called the police. The employee stalled Richey by saying the computers were down. Officers located a note in Richey's pocket where he was getting ready to rob the bank.

"We are waiting for federal agents to get here," said Hunt. "We have the vehicle Shelton was driving impounded if they want to search it."

Shelton is lodged without bail in the Logan County Detention Center.