ASHEVILLE, NC (WSPA) – Asheville police say a suspect has been arrested in connection with a bank robbery at the Asheville Savings Bank and another bank in Buncombe County.
John Kershaw Barrette of Waynesville was arrested in Haywood County and charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Perpetrating a Hoax by Use of a False Bomb or Other Device in connection with the robbery in Asheville.
Police say he left a suspicious package on the counter at the bank on Patton Ave.
The APD Bomb Squad had rendered the suspicious device safe. The APD says they are still trying to determine what was inside the package.
Police say the suspect ran before officers arrived. They say the suspect entered the bank just around 11:13 a.m. and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
During their investigation, officers say they were notified that a person matching the suspect’s description has robbed a bank in Buncombe County. Later, the suspect was stopped in Haywood County and taken to the Asheville Police Department where he was interviewed by detectives from the APD and Buncombe County.
Anyone with information related to this event is asked to call APD at 1-828-252-1110 or Crimestoppers at 1-828-255-5050.
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