CHARLESTON - Defendants are now behind bars after they were identified as the person who allegedly robbed the Chase Bank on Washington Street East in Charleston and the two accomplices who drove the get-away vehicle.
On Monday afternoon, a man walked into the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Stephen Spires, 61, who is originally from Jacksonville, Florida but recently relocated to Williamson, is said to have robbed the bank and fled the scene. He jumped a fence and ran across a few parking lots before getting into a Honda Civic that was occupied by Bernice White, 61, and Sandra Mullins, 39, both of Williamson.
The two females alleged that they simply gave Spires a ride to Charleston, that they had no idea whatsoever that he planned to rob a bank, saying they were shocked when he jumped into the car with the money. The vehicle left Charleston and was reportedly headed back to Williamson on U.S. 119 when the suspects were apprehended near the Airport Road in Chapmanville by troopers with the Logan Detachment of the West Virginia State Police.
According to the police report, the three defendants had only been acquainted for a short period of time.
“They met a local bar in Williamson only a month ago,” said Sergeant Tony Hazelett of the Charleston Police Department, speaking about the connection of the two female defendants to Spires.
“One of the females didn’t even know the alleged robber’s real name, she said that all she had ever called him or heard him called was “Chief”.
Although both females claim to have had no knowledge of Spire’s plans to rob the bank, they have been charged as accomplices because they agreed to drive away from the scene with him inside the vehicle, allegedly in exchange for a cut of the money.
The defendants are currently lodged in the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden without bond. They were arraigned before a Logan County Magistrate Tuesday morning.