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Culpeper Police Department Make Two Arrests in the SunTrust Bank Robbery


Press Release from Culpeper Town Police:

Detectives of the Culpeper Police Department have made two arrests in connection to the January 6th, 2015 bank robbery that occurred at the SunTrust Bank located in the Meadowbrook Shopping Center.
On February 3rd, 2015, Detectives of the Culpeper Police Department arrested and charged Giovanni A. Waters, age 31, of the 1100 block of Vantage Place in Culpeper. He was charged with Felony Possession of a Firearm after being a Convicted Felon and being an Accessory After the Fact, which is a Misdemeanor. Mr. Waters is currently incarcerated in the Culpeper County Jail.

On February 9th, Detectives charged Edward L. Ferris, age 29, of the 15000 block of Gibson Mill Road in Culpeper with Felony Armed Robbery of the SunTrust Bank, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Felony Wearing a Mask in Public.

Mr. Ferris was already incarcerated in the Culpeper County Jail for an unrelated Fail to Appear charge. Detectives and members of the Street Crimes Unit located Mr. Ferris inside Mr. Waters’ residence on January 29th. He was held without bond on this unrelated charge.

“Detectives from the Culpeper Police Department have worked on this investigation for hundreds of man hours. This investigation is fluid and is still active at this time” states Lieutenant Andrew Terrill.

Currently, this investigation is still being investigated by the Culpeper Police Department and the F.B.I. First Sergeant Todd Durica, of the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office has also been instrumental in this case as well.

“This has truly been a team effort of law enforcement working together to make sure violent criminals are held accountable for their actions as well we’re very appreciative from the citizens in the case that provided information to us directly or through Culpeper CrimeSolvers” states Chief of Police Chris R. Jenkins.

This investigation is still active and on-going by the F.B.I and the Culpeper Police Department, as more arrests are expected in this case. Again, if anyone has any information in this case or has any information pertaining to Mr. Ferris or Mr. Waters is asked to call Detective Luke Altman at (540) 829-5507 or you can always remain anonymous with Culpeper CrimeSolvers at (540) 727-0300.

Culpeper Police Department Investigate Early Morning Armed Bank Robbery

Back of suspect in bank robbery

Back of suspect in bank robbery

On January 6th, 2015 at approximately 9:05am the Culpeper Police Department responded to SunTrust Bank located at 633 Meadowbrook Shopping Center for an armed robbery that had just occurred.

Moments prior to patrol units arriving, one male suspect exited the bank and left the immediate area on foot. The male suspect is described as a male, approximately 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing a dark colored coat, blue jeans, white and black/grey shoes, pink or red socks, and covering his face with a ski type mask with just the eyes showing. He was also wearing a black “hoodie” type sweatshirt underneath his coat. The suspect was also carrying a black tote or shoulder bag as well.

Front view of bank robbery suspect

Front view of bank robbery suspect

The suspect entered the bank and approached an employee and demanded money while displaying a handgun. The suspect then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and appears to have left the immediate area on foot. It is undetermined at this time if the suspect fled to a waiting vehicle.

Officers and deputies from the Culpeper Police Department, the Culpeper Sheriff’s Office, and the Virginia State Police immediately set up a perimeter in the area of the bank upon arrival.

Detectives from the Culpeper Police Department arrived on the scene to conduct the investigation and process the crime scene, along with the immediate areas around the bank. The F.B.I. also responded to the scene to assist in the preliminary investigation and will continue their assistance in this investigation.

Bottom half of bank robbery suspect

Bottom half of bank robbery suspect

Bank surveillance cameras were able to capture video of the suspect in the bank. Detectives are in process of going over numerous pieces of evidence at this time, to include this surveillance evidence.

There were no injuries to the employees of the bank and there were no customers inside the bank at the time of the crime. Mark Nowacki, director of the Culpeper Crime Victim/Witness Program and trained in Crisis Response through the Department of Criminal Justice Services, responded to the scene as well and provided assistance to the bank employees.

“We would like to thank Sheriff Jenkins and his deputies, along with the Virginia State Police and our federal partners with the F.B.I. Field Office in Charlottesville for their immediate assistance in this investigation. Also a big thank you goes out to the news media for getting digital photos of the suspect out on social media in a swift manner and to our Crime Victim/Witness Program for responding,” states Chief Chris R. Jenkins.

The Culpeper Police Department is asking for any citizen who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the past few days at the SunTrust Bank or who was in the immediate area of Meadowbrook Shopping Center from 8:00am – 9:30am where the bank is located to contact Detective Luke Altman at (540) 829-5507 or email any tip to laltman@culpeperva.gov

“We asking our residents that if you see anything that may have not seemed significant at the time, but after this crime has occurred, now seems to be out of place or suspicious to please contact us. Again, every lead no matter how small is important to helping us solving this case,” states Lieutenant Andrew Terrill.

Again, if anyone has any information on this case or can possibly identify the suspect is asked to contact Detective Luke Altman. Or you can always remain anonymous by calling Culpeper Crime Solvers at (540) 727-0300. No matter if you contact the Culpeper Police Department directly or if you contact Culpeper Crime Solvers and an arrest is made based upon your information, a cash reward will be given.

This case will remain an active, on-going investigation until it’s solved.

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