CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Mingo County man accused of robbing a Charleston bank was taken into custody only about an hour later in Logan County.
Stephen Spires, 61, of Williamson, faces a first-degree robbery charge and was being held at the State Police detachment in Logan. His alleged accomplices, Bernice White, 61, and Sandra Mullins, 39, both of Williamson, also were charged with first degree robbery, said Charleston Sgt. Tony Hazelett, assistant chief of detectives.
Charleston police were called just before 2 p.m. Monday to Chase Bank on Washington Street East to investigate a bank robbery. No injuries were reported.
Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives, said a man with neck-length hair, now believed to be Spires, entered the bank and gave a note to the teller demanding money. The man indicated he had a weapon, detectives said.
Spires fled after the teller turned over an undetermined amount of cash.
Authorities spoke at the scene with witnesses and were able to get a description of vehicles that may have been involved, said Charleston Detective J.D. Koerber.
"With the assistance of an eyewitness in the area, we were able to put out a BOLO, a be-on-the-lookout, to surrounding agencies," Koerber said. "We had reason to believe they were heading to Mingo County and the State Police caught them there about halfway."
State Police stopped a Honda sedan about an hour later on Airport Road in Chapmanville, said Sgt. Michael Baylous, State Police spokesman.
They found Spires in the vehicle with White and Mullins. Officers also found cash and fake or toy guns, Koerber said.
Charleston detectives went to the Logan State Police detachment Monday evening to speak with the three and search the vehicle. Evidence found in the vehicle pointed to Spires as the suspect in the robbery, Hazelett said.
Spires will be arraigned in Logan Magistrate Court but would face his preliminary hearing in Kanawha County. Charleston police, State Police and the FBI are investigating.
The three are being held at Southwestern Regional Jail.