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Posted April 1, 2013 | comments Leave a comment

Bank robbery suspect caught within minutes

By Sally Voth

Within several minutes of the Front Royal Federal Credit Union being robbed Friday morning, a suspect was in custody.

Daniel Ivan Jones, 30, of Front Royal, has been charged with robbery, communicating a bomb threat and possession of marijuana.

Front Royal Police Chief Norman A. Shiflett said Jones walked into the bank, at 113 South St., at about 11:15 a.m. and gave a teller a note that indicated "he would blow the bank up." An undisclosed amount of money was handed to the suspect.

"The bank employees gave our dispatchers a good description of him," Shiflett said. "One of our patrol guys happened to be driving down South Street at the time, and he saw this guy, and then he got a description of [the suspect], and said, 'Hey, I just saw him.'"

That officer, Sam Keller, turned back toward South Towne Center and located Jones, who was on foot, the chief said.

"He started speaking to him and determined he was the guy, and back-up officers got there and took him down," Shiflett said. "This was all in about three minutes of the initial call. The patrol guy happened to be in the area at the right place at the right time."

He said Jones didn't put up any resistance. The stolen money was found in Jones' clothes, as was marijuana, according to Shiflett.

He said Jones is being held without bond in the Warren County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on April 9.

Contact staff writer Sally Voth at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or svoth@nvdaily.com

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