Suspects in Meigs bank robbery attempt arrested

One caught in Parkersburg, the other in Pomeroy

PARKERSBURG — A suspect in the attempted robbery of a Meigs County bank was arrested Sunday evening in Parkersburg.

According to a release from Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood, Jeffrey A. Coon, 47, of Pomeroy, was being held without bond at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County pending an extradition hearing. He will face a first-degree felony charge of aggravated robbery when he returns to Meigs County.

Deputies responded Saturday to an attempted robbery at the Farmers Bank branch in Tuppers Plains, a previous Meigs County Sheriff’s release said. A male suspect, wearing a blue “Wyoming” zip-up jacket with a yellow shirt underneath and a Mossy Oak hat, entered the bank and demanded cash before fleeing toward Ohio 681, the release said. It did not indicate whether any money was taken or a weapon was used.

The suspect was then allegedly picked up in a small, gray, four-door vehicle, the release said. The driver, described as an older subject with longer blond or gray hair, had reportedly been seen at a local gas station before the incident at the bank.

Deputies received information on the attempted robbery suspect Saturday and learned about his possible whereabouts the next day, a second release said. Around 7 p.m. Sunday, Parkersburg Police arrested Coon at the Latrobe Street Mission in Parkersburg, Police Chief Joe Martin said.

“He was staying there,” Martin said.

Earlier that day, Meigs County deputies arrested the suspected getaway driver, David R. McMurray, 61, of Parkersburg, around 3 p.m. in Pomeroy. He was also charged with aggravated robbery through Meigs County Court. The vehicle allegedly used in the robbery attempt was also recovered and impounded.

City Editor Jess Mancini contributed to this story.