Police arrested a man who is accused of robbing the Union Bank in St. Johnsbury
Police arrested a man Saturday morning who is accused of robbing the Union Bank in St. Johnsbury on Portland Street about 20 hours after the Friday afternoon robbery. It was about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday when Cpl. George Johnson located robbery suspect William Garrett, 37, and took him into custody after a brief attempt by Garrett to flee arrest. Police were alerted by Union Bank staff about a robbery in progress about 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Officers got there quickly, but the robber, identified as Garrett, had left the bank with some cash. The suspect was quickly identified as Garrett, and the search began. With assistance from a state police K-9 unit, authorities found a jacket worn by the robber and the threatening note he used. Familiar that Garrett stayed at his mother’s residence on Caledonia Street, police searched there soon after the robbery but did not find him. Cpl. Johnson said when he signed back onto to his work shift on Saturday morning he decided to try the Caledonia Street residence again. Another tenant named Johnathan Hughes gave permission for Cpl. Johnson to check the basement. As Cpl. Johnson began his search of the basement, Hughes told him Garrett had tried to leave through the front but had fallen down. Garrett then reportedly ran back into the residence, realizing that after his fall he was unlikely to outrun Cpl. Johnson’s pursuit. Back inside the residence Garrett reportedly surrendered to Cpl. Johnson without further incident. Garrett was lodged at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail. He will appear in Caledonia Superior Court on today to answer the charges of assault and robbery, simple assault, petit larceny and seven counts of violation of conditions of release.