CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Cross Lanes man was in jail Tuesday in connection with a Monday morning bank robbery.
Kanawha County sheriff's deputies caught up with Jacob McCoy Samples, 23, within 12 hours of the robbery of the Poca Valley Bank in Clendenin, according to Lt. Bryan Stover of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.
Police said a man wearing a hooded Marshall University sweatshirt, blue jeans and a mask walked into the bank on Spencer Road about 9:30 a.m. Monday, pulled a gun and demanded money. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Stover said video surveillance footage showed a man who resembled Samples, whom deputies recognized from previous investigations. Detectives later learned that Samples was on home confinement, and had allegedly cut off his ankle bracelet earlier Monday and failed to appear at a Kanawha Circuit Court hearing.
Detectives staked out Samples' Cross Lanes home and arrested him when he arrived. Stover said Samples told deputies he robbed the bank and fled to a car he had parked nearby.
Samples was charged with bank robbery. He was in the South Central Regional Jail on Tuesday on $100,000 cash bond. Additional charges were expected.
Kanawha County sheriff's deputies, members of the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation, FBI and Clendenin Police Department contributed to the investigation.Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.