CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Police apprehended a suspect within minutes following the Wednesday morning robbery of WesBanco on Charleston's West Side, said Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives.
WesBanco on 300 Tennessee Ave. was robbed shortly after 9 a.m. and police were notified immediately when a bank employee pushed a panic button, he said.
Officers were dispatched to the area from all directions and caught the suspect within minutes using a description they had been given, Cooper said. The suspect was wearing a purple coat and McDonald's hat when he was spotted near Monongalia Street about a half block from Kanawha Boulevard, he said.
Officers spotted the man immediately due to the description they were given, he said. The suspect was detained, handcuffed, and had money on him, he said.
The suspect was identified at Basil Smith, of Seventh Avenue, whose birth year was listed as 1977.
Numerous employees and several customers were inside the bank at the time of the incident, Cooper said. No gun was displayed during the robbery, he said.
However, he declined to release further details as the matter remains under investigation.
While he said a "panic button" is used to notify authorities in such cases, further information about the process is kept confidential.
The suspect had probably walked two and a half to three blocks before being arrested within five minutes of the robbery, Cooper said.
Meanwhile, a police officer on the way to the robbery was involved in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Tennessee Avenue and Virginia Street.
No injuries were reported in the accident that remains under investigation, said Lt. Mark Abbott of the patrol division of the Charleston Police Department.Further details about the accident were not immediately available.