Danville K-9 unit finds bank robbery suspect
DANVILLE — Police K-9 units led officers Wednesday to a robbery suspect who was in a tavern about a block away from the bank that was robbed, according to Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason.
He said at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday the alarm was triggered at First Midwest Bank, 27 N. Vermilion St., and when officers arrived, bank tellers told them that a white man with a heavy build came into the bank and handed one of the tellers a note demanding money. He did not display a weapon, Thomason said, but was given an undisclosed amount of money. The robber then left.
Thomason said the K-9 unit was deployed and tracked the suspect from the bank to the 100 block of Van Buren Street to K & J Tavern, where a 43-year-old Centralia man was arrested without incident.
Authorities are not yet releasing the man's name because police still have "things to check," Thomason said.
The man had no weapon when he was arrested, and the money was recovered.
The man is being held on preliminary charges of aggravated robbery.