BREAKING NEWS: Bank robbery suspects indicted

Published 12:12 pm Thursday, March 25, 2010

By Staff
Staff Reports
A federal grand jury in Mobile indicted a man and woman on bank robbery charges in connection with incidents in East Brewton and Flomaton.
Rhianna Marie Jones and Jerry Hover Tinsley, both 30, were indicted on federal charges, East Brewton Police Chief Kenny Brazile said.
The pair were arrested after a brief chase in Destin, Fla., where they had apparently been staying in a motel after an alleged crime spree that police believe included bank robberies in Florala, Flomaton and East Brewton. They were arrested just one day after the East Brewton BankTrust branch was robbed.
In all three bank robberies, a man and woman approached tellers at the banks and offered hand-written notes demanding money. No weapons were shown during any of the robberies, and no one was injured.
Brazile said the Florala case would likely involve state charges, rather than federal charges.
Tinsley and Jones also face charges in Florida relating to the police chase. Tinsley was charged with flleeing/eluding police and fleeing/eluding law enforcement at high speed, resisting an officer and obtruction without violence and a third-degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Jones was charged with resisting an officer and obstruction without violence.

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