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B R E A K I N G N E W S !Police Make Arrest In Armed Bank Robbery
Reported by: Kennie Bass
Web Producer: Kallie Cart
Also Contributing: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Jun. 12, 2012 10:03 AM EDT
Updated: Jun. 12, 2012 12:45 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Police have made an arrest in an armed bank robbery that happened last week.
Charleston officers say they are very pleased to have 31-year-old Joseph Pike Dempsey in custody. Investigators say it was with the help of the South Charleston Police Department that he is under arrest.
Dempsey was brought into magistrate court Tuesday morning to face initial charges. He allegedly walked into the Fifth Third Bank on Mackorkle Avenue last Thursday with a gun. Police say Dempsey then ordered three tellers to the floor. Once they were down, he grabbed a handful of money and took off.
However, police say that's when he made a mistake. Dempsey allegedly dropped a magazine from the pistol he was carrying, he stopped, turned around toward the bank and that's when an employee got a good look at his face.
The next day, Friday, South Charleston officers arrested Dempsey after he allegedly got into an altercation with his neighbors, punching them in the face and pulling a gun. When police arrived, Dempsey allegedly resisted arrest. He had to be pepper sprayed and tasered.
A South Charleston officer noticed Dempsey resembled the sketch of the bank robber. They showed a bank employee a photo lineup and he identified Dempsey as the man who hit the Fifth Third bank.
Kanawha County Magistrate Julie Yeager placed Dempsey on a $150,000 cash bond.
He has a preliminary hearing on the bank robbery charge set for June 21st. He's facing up to 25 years in prison. But he'll be in court three days before that to answer charges for the South Charleston incident.
Charleston police have made an arrest in the robbery of the Fifth Third Bank in Kanawha City that happened on Thursday.
Joseph Pike Dempsey, 31 of Charleston, has been arrested for the armed robbery.
On Thursday morning around 10am, Dempsey allegedly walked in, showed a gun, demanded cash, then took off. He then lead police and search dogs on an extensive manhunt throughout the day.
Police say surveillance pictures from inside the bank on MacCorkle Avenue assisted in the case.
Dempsey will be arraigned soon on the robbery charge and Eyewitness News will post more information as it becomes available.
Dempsey was already in jail. He was booked into the South Central Regional Jail on Saturday, June, 9 for unrelated felony charges.
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