Suspect Under Arrest Following Bank Robbery

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A man is under arrest after a bank robbery in Wood County.

According to the Parkersburg Police Department, at just before noon Tuesday, officers responded to the Williamstown National Bank on 7th Street after being notified of a robbery.

Once on scene, officers used the bank employees and the security cameras to gather specific details of the suspect and his vehicle that enabled patrol units to quickly locate a potential suspect. 

The suspect entered the bank at just before noon and approached a teller station, and told the teller to give him all of the money in the teller’s drawer. 

The suspect kept his hands inside of his jacket pockets and the teller – believing him to be armed – complied. 

The suspect exited the bank without further incident and fled the area in his vehicle. 

The West Virginia State Police, Wood County Sheriff’s Department, and Parkersburg Police Department saturated the immediate area looking for the suspect vehicle, a silver Ford Focus.

At just after 12:30 p.m., a State Trooper spotted a vehicle matching a vehicle that was provided and stopped this vehicle in the area of Rt. 95 and Rayon Drive.

The sole occupant also matched the description of the robbery suspect. Communication between the officers on the traffic stop and officers at the bank concluded that this was the same suspect. 

The suspect was detained and taken to Parkersburg Police Headquarters to be interviewed about the case. The suspect vehicle was towed and processed in an attempt to locate any evidence related to this robbery. 

The suspect is identified as Jeremy Cheeseman, 29, of Parkersburg, who confessed to the robbery.

Cheeseman is arrested and charged with Robbery. 

He was taken to Wood County Magistrate Court to be arraigned, where a bond was set of $400,000.

He is housed in the North Central Regional Jail.

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