Feds arrest two in Virginia for December bank robbery in Carrier Mills

SALINE COUNTY — According to court documents, two suspects have been arrested for a bank robbery in Carrier Mills on Dec.

Jeffrey S. Townsend (Source: SCSD)
Jeffrey S. Townsend
(Source: SCSD)

10, 2014.

A warrant was issued on May 22 for 43-year-old Jeffrey S. Townsend, 43, formerly of Winchester, Ky. and Butte, Mont. Townsend was staying in the Marion/Stonefort area. A male juvenile from rural Stonefort was also arrested in connection with the bank robbery.

Evidence entered shows a man entered the First Southern Bank in Carrier Mills just before noon on Dec. 10. He had a weapon and demanded cash. The suspect left on foot and got in a waiting car.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Carrier Mills Police Department, and the Illinois Secretary of State Police have been developing leads since December.

Townsend was arrested in Midland, Va. by FBI agents. Midland is about 50 miles southwest of Washington D.C.

scan25 001Townsend is being held on a state charge of armed robbery and awaiting extradition back to Illinois.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office helped with the case.