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BREAKING NEWS: Two Arrested, FBI Searching for Two or More in Violent Takeover Robbery Part I
By Editor Becky Watts

WOODBURY – United Bank in Woodbury was robbed yesterday at 12:24 p.m. Two of the four suspects are in FBI custody. Details from the robbery can be found in detail in the FBI article below. Woodbury Mayor Steve Ledbetter spoke to Pike County Times by phone this morning about yesterday’s robbery.

Mayor Ledbetter advised that the response to the silent alarm was very quick and that the officer was in position to see the robbery suspects leaving the bank. He advised that the officer fired a shot in self defense at the robbery suspects when they turned in his direction as they were leaving the bank.

He advised that there was a large turnout of law enforcement in Woodbury to help with this case. Woodbury Police Department, Meriwether County, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were all on site yesterday to help apprehend two of the suspects and provide support during this case. “For us to turn this around so quickly with two arrests was wonderful,” he said.

He said that the community pulled together yesterday, and tips began pouring in soon after the robbery. “Everybody in the community wanted these people caught for what they had done to our neighbors.” He also said that it was a privilege to watch the Woodbury Police Department work on this case.

Mayor Ledbetter said that two of the suspects surrendered without incident. He also spoke as a retired law enforcement officer and stressed that everything went by the book.

Mayor Ledbetter advised by that this is an active investigation and that multiple law enforcement agencies are working toward the arrest of the remaining suspects.

Anyone with information or tips on this robbery can call the Woodbury Police Department at 706-553-2011.

[Note from the Editor: Part II of the article appeared online this morning and was updated this evening. There is a large photo below the following article article. Thank you to Mayor Ledbetter for speaking to me today, and thank you to the officer who spoke to me when I called Woodbury Police Department for information on this robbery.]

UPDATED 6.30.18 with booking photos. [Note from the Editor: Thank you to the Meriwether County Sheriff's Office for working with me to obtain booking photos.]


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Updated 6.30.18
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BREAKING NEWS: Two Arrested, FBI Searching for Two or More in Violent Takeover Robbery Part II
Update: Most of Money Has Now Been Recovered

WOODBURY – J. C. Hacker, Acting Special Agent in Charge (A/SAC), FBI Atlanta Field Office, in conjunction with Chief Sam Baity, Woodbury Police Department announce the arrest of two suspects in a violent takeover-style bank robbery and the search for two, possibly more suspects.

Derrick R. Scott, 26, of Augusta, GA and Antavious Bray, 29, of Greenville, GA were taken into custody hours after the robbery that occurred at the United Bank, 33 Jones Mill Road, Woodbury, on June 28, 2016.

At approximately 12:25 PM, on Wednesday, three suspects, two armed with handguns and the third armed with an AR-15 rifle, entered the bank and forced employees to the ground at gunpoint and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

The FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying two or more possible suspects. United Bank is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those suspects.

One of the unidentified suspects is described as wearing a camouflage ball cap, gray sweatshirt and blue jeans, and carrying a gray backpack. His face was fully covered. (See attached photos).

There is no description of the other suspect, who is believed to be the driver of the getaway vehicle, described as a 2010-2013 black Chevrolet Impala (See attached photo).

The FBI would like to thank the Woodbury Police Department, Meriwether Sheriff Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) for their cooperation in this investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the two suspects is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at (404) 577-TIPS (8477).

Disclaimer by FBI: The public should be reminded that the above are merely allegations and that all persons are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Update at 9:22 p.m. on 6.29.18 from the FBI: We have recovered most of the money that was stolen from the bank. We are still looking for at least two suspects.

[Note from the Editor: Special thanks to the FBI for their assistance in obtaining information on this robbery.]


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Submitted 6.29.18
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