UPDATE: (4:55 P.M. Sept. 18, 2023): A man from Iowa is facing a felony robbery charge after a robbery at Truist Bank on 1st Street in Huntington this afternoon.
According to the Huntington Police Department, the investigation began when the HPD, Cabell County Sheriff’s Office and West Virginia State Police responded to a call that the bank had just been robbed.
Authorities say the man allegedly went into the bank, threatened employees by claiming to have a gun, demanded cash and ran from the scene.
During the investigation, HPD says a sheriff’s deputy noticed a “suspicious man” while searching near the Kroger around 3:15 p.m. this afternoon. Authorities say when the deputy went to investigate, the man began to run, but was quickly caught.
HPD says the suspect has been identified as Jesse Specht, 45, of Iowa.
Authorities are still investigating the circumstances that led up to the robbery.
UPDATE: (4:16 P.M. Sept. 18, 2023): Huntington Police say a suspect has been arrested in connection to an armed robbery this afternoon.
This is a developing story. More details will be released once they become available.
HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – Authorities are investigating after an armed robbery was reported at a bank in Huntington.
According to Cabell County dispatchers, the incident happened at the Truist Bank in the 500 block of 1st Street just after 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18. Dispatchers say a male suspect in a mask went into the bank and allegedly said he had a gun.
No one was injured in the incident, dispatchers say. There is no word on if the suspect took any money.
According to dispatchers, no arrests have been made at this time. The Huntington Police Department and West Virginia State Police are investigating.