The following news release has been provided by Towns County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
A bank robbery occurred at a United Community Bank in Cornelia, Georgia on April 26. The suspect allegedly waited in line and when he approached the teller he allegedly threatened that he had a hand-grenade. Subsequent search warrants executed at the suspect’s residence in Banks County revealed what authorities suspect were possible bomb-making materials.
Cornelia authorities felt the bank robbery suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. Towns County authorities were made aware on Saturday, May 10 that the suspect in that robbery could be in Towns County at a motel or a residence off Hwy. 339 in Young Harris. Acting on this information, an investigation was begun and a check was made of local motels and the residence in question.
At approximately 12:00 am on Sunday, May 11, Deputy Jeremy Parker and SSgt. Cory Ingram located an SUV at the particular residence which fit the description of the vehicle allegedly used at the scene of the bank robbery.
Deputies Parker and Ingram discovered that the vehicle was attempting to leave the residence at approximately 12:30 am.
After leaving, the suspect left the residence and was about to pull onto Hwy. 339, a felony stop was conducted by SSgt. Ingram, Deputies Parker and Schuknect, and Chief Deputy Jeff Edge.
The suspect was taken into custody and arrested without incident.
Raymond Whitmire, age 57, of Banks County, was booked into the Towns County Detention Center on May 11 and released into the custody of Habersham County the same date.
Local charges are pending.
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