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Suspect believed to have robbed BB&T bank arrested in Kentucky

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A long-haul truck driver faces charges in the Feb. 1 robbery of a West Side bank.   

A multi-state investigation led to the arrest of William Douglas Young, 41, of Louisville, Ky.

The U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested Young Wednesday night at his Louisville home, said Chief Deputy Marshal Brian Parrish of the Western District of Kentucky.

Marshals swooped in on Young about 10 p.m., Parrish said. He was not armed and did not resist arrest.

Young is an interstate truck driver, detective Jarl Taylor told reporters at a press conference in Charleston Thursday.

Detectives were reviewing surveillance footage from the area around the BB&T branch on Patrick Street when they noticed the suspect had fled on foot toward a tractor-trailer parked near Big Lots.

The officers talked to representatives of TSI Trucking, which owned the truck seen in the footage.

"The detectives wanted to ask the driver of the truck if he had seen anything," Taylor said.

However, the investigation took a turn when one of the employees at the Indiana-based trucking company went online to look at a picture of the bank robbery suspect.

Police had released a video surveillance photo of the suspect the day of the robbery.

The close-up shot provided a clear image of the man's face.

"The employee immediately recognized him," Taylor said.

A warrant was issued for Young's arrest based on the employee's statement and other aspects of the investigation, Taylor said.

Taylor wasn't sure if police had recovered any of the money taken from the bank. He also did not know how long Young had worked for the trucking company.

The detective said the suspected robber's profession jibes with the crime he is believed to have committed.

"(Interstate truck drivers) have access to just about any part of the country," Taylor said.

Representatives with TSI Trucking did not return calls seeking comment.    

Police said the suspect entered the bank two weeks ago and gave a teller a note saying he had a weapon and demanding cash. Police are still unsure if the man actually had a weapon.

No injuries were reported.

Officers searched the banks of the nearby Kanawha River after the robbery in hopes of finding the suspect there.

He is being held in the Jefferson County (Ky.) jail as he awaits an extradition hearing. He will face charges of bank robbery in Kanawha County.

Extraditions typically take about 10 days, Taylor said, "but it could take a little longer if he fights it."

Contact writer Paul Fallon at or 304-348-4817. Follow him at ;  


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