An arrest has been made in connection with the aggravated robbery that occurred in September at the Huntington National Bank in Whitehall.
On September 26, an masked suspect with a handgun entered the Huntington Bank at 4550 E. Main Street and jumped over the teller counter.
The suspect ordered the teller to the ground and demanded money. During the robbery, police say that the suspect struck two of the employees with the handgun, causing injuries.
The suspect fled the bank with an undetermined amount of money. Investigators say that the tellers were able to include a dye pack with the money and it exploded as the suspect fled on foot.
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Police now tell us that on October 31, Whitehall Police detectives, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshall’s Service and the ODRC Adult Parole Authority, arrested Robert Mason, 42, in connection with that robbery.
According to police reports, a search warrant was executed in conjunction with Mason’s arrest and the getaway vehicle allegedly used in the robbery was found.
Investigators say that when Mason was taken into custody he had crack cocaine in his possession. At the time of his arrest, Mason was on parole for aggravated robbery and felonious assault. Mason had recently been released from prison in May of this year.
On November 6, Mason was charged in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio with Bank Robbery.
“This is an extremely dangerous individual that returned to inflicting violent crime back on society four months after being released from prison for the same type of crimes,” stated Whitehall Deputy Chief Dan Kelso, “and once again we see drugs, violence, and theft going hand in hand. All the detectives and agents involved did a great job hunting this individual down and bringing him to justice.”
Police say that the investigation is ongoing and that Mason could be facing additional charges.