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Posted December 13, 2011 | Leave a comment
City bank heist suspect still in Canada
By Candace Sipos -- email@example.com
WINCHESTER -- James Louis Whittlesey, who is suspected of the Oct. 14 United Bank robbery in the city, and was arrested Sunday in Montreal, will appear today before the Immigration and Refugee Board in Canada.
According to an email from Stephane Malepart of the Canada Border Services Agency, Whittlesey will be detained by the CBSA in the Montreal area until the investigation is over. The agency's enforcement officers worked on the field on this case "for many days," she noted, but she would not divulge any further details regarding the arrest process.
She added that "any foreigners who commit serious crimes may be declared inadmissible to Canada and be removed."
The CBSA has not announced when the former fugitive will be extradited to the United States, and FBI spokeswoman Dee Rybiski said she does not know that information.
Winchester police have charged him with attempted capital murder of a police officer, aggravated bank robbery and use of a firearm in connection with a felony. Whittlesey also faces federal charges related to armed robberies in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Show producer Chris Hamilton said he had been working on the segment all weekend, and was putting the video together with his editor on Sunday when he received a call from the FBI about the arrest.
"It would have been better if it happened Saturday night," Hamilton said jokingly, referring to the Saturday following the airing of the show. "... Ultimately, we're just as happy as everybody else to make sure this guy is off the street."
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