PARKERSBURG - A Wood County man charged with the Nov. 13 robbery of a Parkersburg bank appeared in magistrate court for a preliminary hearing on a bank robbery charge.
Norman Rattliff Jr., 56, 1012 1/2 Seventh St., Apt. B, Parkersburg, was bound over to circuit court Thursday after Wood County Magistrate Brenda Marshall found probable cause for a charge of non-aggravated robbery.
Because Rattliff has been bound over, his case can be considered for indictment by the county grand jury. Wood County's next grand jury is scheduled to meet in January.
Police said money taken in the robbery has not been recovered.
According to police reports, Rattliff allegedly robbed the Community Bank on Emerson Avenue on Nov. 13. Rattliff was taken into custody on Nov. 15 after Parkersburg police S.W.A.T. and the detective bureau executed a search warrant at a residence near Liberty Street and Staunton Avenue, in an attempt to locate him.
He was arrested at the Economy Inn on Seventh Street in Parkersburg and taken into custody on unrelated warrants for alleged joy riding and failure to appear in court.
In magistrate court, he also was arraigned on two charges of forgery and one charge of uttering and is in custody in lieu of a $3,000 bond.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court on Oct. 25, Rattliff took another person's 1988 Jeep without permission. He later wrecked the vehicle, police said.
Police said the suspect was originally interviewed about the bank robbery, processed and placed in the regional jail.
Rattliff was charged with the bank robbery Nov. 20, according to police records. He was arraigned by video in Wood County Magistrate Court where a bond was set at $75,000, adding on to his $56,000 bond for the other charges.
If convicted, police said Rattliff could face a minimum of 10 and up to 20 years in prison.