Three Winston-Salem men charged in bank robbery in Virginia

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Devin Montae Robinson (left) and Jamel Clifton Allen (right). (Courtesy: Patrick County)

PATRICK COUNTY, Va. — Three Winston-Salem men have been charged in connection with a bank robbery this summer in Patrick County, Va., according to a news release today from the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office.

Jamel Clifton Allen, 36, and Devin Montae Robinson, 22, were indicted Oct. 24 in U.S. District Court in Roanoke for armed bank robbery, conspiracy to commit bank robbery and use of a firearm while in the commission of a crime of violence, according to the news release.

Diarus Mark Raynor, 21, was charged with conspiracy to commit bank robbery and bank robbery, according to the statement.

The indictments had been sealed until recently, according to Sheriff Dan Smith.

On Aug. 2 about 9:30 a.m., a man with this face covered entered Carter Bank & Trust in Ararat, Va., showed a firearm and demanded money, Smith said. The man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and got into a getaway car driven by another man, Smith said.

A witness in his car across the street followed the vehicle, and one of the suspects is alleged to have fired multiple shots at him. The witness was not harmed and was able to get a license plate number.

Smith said the vehicle was found abandoned in a nearby cemetery. Patrick County Sheriff’s deputies tracked the license plate to a person in Winston-Salem and contacted the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Investigators and officers assisted the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office in finding and arresting the suspects, Smith said.

“Law enforcement authority stops at the state line,” Smith said. “We could not have solved this crime without the assistance of the Winston-Salem Police Department.”

Smith said in the news release that he had asked the FBI to assist as well because it appeared that the crime was planned in another state.

Allen and Robinson are in custody awaiting trial. Raynor was released on bond, Smith said.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about the incident should contact investigators Karen Weidhaas or Brian Hubbard at 276-692-3161.

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