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MILLERSBURG -- Acting on a tip, law enforcement in Holmes County captured the local man identified as the suspect of three area bank robberies.
Christopher E. McCarthy, 26, was identified as a possible suspect in the robbery of banks in Mansfield, Loudonville and Wooster, which occurred on April 26 and this Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, according to a new release from the Cleveland Division of the FBI. He was arrested Friday night, May 5, in Millersburg.
After receiving several calls about McCarthy, Millersburg Police officers and Holmes County Sheriff's deputies found him hiding in a yard along South Mad Anthony Street in Millersburg, according to Holmes County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Jim Henry, who noted it is suspected he had been on foot since being identified earlier in the day by staff at the Killbuck Savings Bank on North Washington Street.
He was taken into custody after a brief struggle and was booked into the Holmes County Jail, where he was held briefly awaiting transport to Richland County on an outstanding arrest warrant for robbery, according to Henry, who said McCarthy was not in possession of a weapon at the time of his arrest.
Holmes County Sheriff Timothy W. Zimmerly, who said law enforcement received several tips about McCarthy and his possible whereabouts, said he is appreciative of the community's willingness to participate in his apprehension.
The Holmes County Sheriff's Office assisted agents from the U.S. Marshals Service on May 4 in a search of the Nashville-area homes of a family member and McCarthy's girlfriend, but officers were unsuccessful in finding him there.
At 3:48 p.m. May 5, employees at the Killbuck Savings Bank on North Washington Street in Millersburg identified McCarthy when he came into the bank, inquiring about opening an account. Wearing camouflage pants and a black hooded sweatshirt, McCarthy left without incident and bank personnel called 911, according to Zimmerly.
Mansfield Police had issued a warrant for McCarthy's arrest for the April 26 robbery of the Richland Bank in Mansfield. The robbery in Loudonville occurred at the Farmers and Saving Bank on North Water Street on Wednesday around noon. And, on May 4, another robbery was reported at the Farmers National Bank just before it closed around 4:30 p.m.
Millersburg Police stopped a gold Saturn, in which McCarthy was seen fleeing the Killbuck Savings Bank. While McCarthy was no longer in the vehicle, they arrested the driver, who was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, which was found inside the vehicle, according to Zimmerly.
Millersburg Police and Sheriff's deputies had searched the area on foot and continued to search for McCarthy for several hours.
The suspect described by Loudonville police was a clean-shaven, dark-haired white male in his 20s, around 5-foot-6-inches tall and wearing a dark-colored Aeropostale hoodie. He handed a note to bank tellers demanding money. He received the money and fled on foot, police said.
During the Wooster robbery, a white male suspect showed a handgun and demanded money. Wooster police responded to a hold-up alarm around 4:23 p.m., according to a news release from Wooster police. No one was injured during the robbery.
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