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Charleston man charged with 5/3 Bank robbery

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Police investigators Tuesday arrested a Charleston man and charged him with last week's armed robbery of the Fifth Third Bank in Kanawha City.

Joseph Pike Dempsey, 31, was arraigned on one count of first-degree robbery.

During the hearing, it was also revealed that Dempsey was recently charged with four additional counts by the South Charleston Police. Those charges stem from a separate incident, but allowed investigators to make a connection between the two cases.

Dempsey's problems started on June 8 when a person called 911.

"The people that had called 911 said that he had yelled and got into a fight with them and pulled a gun on them," said officer Justin Bailes, South Charleston Police Department.

When South Charleston Police arrived at Dempsey's King Street home, Dempsey admitted to punching a man and pulling a BB gun on him during an argument, police said.

Dempsey was placed in handcuffs. Bailes said at this point, Dempsey's attitude changed and he got violent. He kicked an officer during his arrest, Bailes said.

"At first he was very cooperative until he was placed under arrest and then I guess he didn't want to go to jail. That's when he became belligerent and combative," he said.

South Charleston Police charged Dempsey with cultivation of marijuana, unlawful assault on a police officer, battery, obstructing an officer, and destruction of property.

After Dempsey was booked in the jail, South Charleston Police realized he resembled the sketch of the bank robbery suspect at the Fifth Third Bank in Kanawha City.

Sgt. Bobby Eggleton, assistant chief of detectives with Charleston Police, said Dempsey's arrest was a result of both law enforcement agencies working together.

"They gave us a call, which lead us to believe that he was involved in this. Evidence obtained by them and then through us, lead us to charge him with the bank robbery," Eggleton said.

Charleston Police believe the BB gun used in the June 8 assault is the same gun Dempsey also used to rob the bank. Police said they also found additional evidence linking Dempsey to the bank robbery, including clothing that matched the bank surveillance video. Investigators said a bank employee also positively identified him from a stack of mugshots.

Dempsey is in the South Central Regional Jail with bail set at $150,000.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 21.