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Suspect arrested in Marietta bank robbery

A man has been arrested for the Thursday armed robbery of a bank in Marietta, authorities said Friday morning.

William Edward “Billy White Shoes” Johnson, 55, last known address of Lancaster, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. Thursday for the robbery of the Citizens Bank in Marietta, the Marietta Police Department said.

He was found at a motel in Parkersburg with the assistance of the Williamstown Police Department, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, the Parkersburg Police Department and the West Virginia State Police.

Items stolen from Citizens Bank, along with a substantial portion of the stolen cash, were found in his possession and the black bag carried in the robbery was observed in his vehicle, Marietta Police said.

On Thursday afternoon, a suspect entered the bank wearing a rubber mask, stuffed his hand in a large satchel he was carrying, then forced his way behind the counter and emptied the teller drawers. He fled on foot across Second Street and continued west toward Murphy’s Alley.

Marietta Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded. A suspect was developed upon reviewing surveillance photos, video from around the area of the bank and through information sharing between Mid-Ohio Valley law enforcement agencies.

Johnson was wanted in Ohio for a parole violation, along with the October 2017 robbery of the Williamstown Bank, Marietta Police said.

Johnson was a suspect in a robbery of the same branch of the Citizens Bank on Jan. 16, 2002. He was convicted in a plea agreement in November 2002 for a robbery in Barlow, Marietta Police said.

The investigation by Marietta Police, West Virginia law enforcement and the FBI will continue, including identifying any possible accomplices, Marietta Police said

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