AMESVILLE, Ohio - Athens County officials arrested one suspect and were seeking another in connection with a Saturday morning bank robbery in Amesville.
Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly said deputies responded to Community Bank in Amesville at 8:04 a.m. Saturday in reference to a bank robbery.
Bank employees reported to work at the bank at 8 a.m. Saturday and in the process of getting ready one of the bank employees confronted a person crouching in the closet next to the teller's station, Kelly said. The employee said she threw the closet door shut and the two female bank employees exited the bank and screamed for members of the Amesville Fire Department that were preparing for the Amesville Firemen's Festival.
The firefighters secured the bank area and awaited deputies' arrival. The suspect had exited the bank behind the tellers. When deputies arrived, a search was conducted after witnesses said they saw a person running into the woods.
With the assistance of an Amesville firefighter, a suspect was tracked and located in the woods by Deputy John Morris and his canine, Esko.
At 09:34 a.m., deputies took 25-year-old Carl Davis, of McConnelsville, Ohio, into custody and transported Davis to the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail. He has been charged with attempted robbery.
Kelly said entry was into the bank through an unoccupied apartment over the bank. A hole was cut through the ceiling and the suspect entered the bank prior to the employees reporting to work.
A second suspect had been identified as an accomplice and warrants will be issued, Kelly said Saturday.
The Athens County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the FBI, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Amesville Police Department and the Amesville Fire Department.