The suspect wanted for the armed robbery of the Truist Bank on Shorter Avenue last month has been arrested. Reports said that 37-year-old Johnny Jermaine Davis, of Kennesaw, was taken into custody in North Carolina after robbing numerous other banks across the south.
Acting U.S. Attorney William T. Stetzer announced that Johnny Jermaine Davis, 37, of Kennesaw, Georgia, who is charged with robbing two Asheville area banks, was arrested by the FBI today in Georgia.
Robert R. Wells, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, and Chief David Zack of the Asheville Police Department join Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer in making today’s announcement.
According to the filed criminal complaint, on February 25, 2021, at approximately 3:02 p.m., an individual later identified as Davis entered a BB&T bank branch located at 1653 Hendersonville Road in Asheville and approached the teller area. The charging document alleges that Davis pulled a handgun, pointed it at a bank teller, yelled “Don’t move,” and then jumped behind the counter. Davis then allegedly ordered three bank employees to lie down on the ground, as he began taking cash from the bank’s drawers. Davis allegedly proceeded to flee the scene with $8,950 in cash.
According to allegations in court documents, on May 20, 2021, at approximately 4:46 p.m., Davis entered the Wells Fargo bank branch located at 800 Merrimon Avenue, in Asheville. As with the previous robbery, Davis allegedly approached the teller counter, pointed a firearm at a bank teller, jumped over the counter and ordered the bank employees to lie down on the ground. Allegedly, Davis then emptied the bank’s cash drawers and fled the scene with $831 in cash.
The criminal complaint charges Davis with bank robbery, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The charges contained in the criminal complaint are allegations, and the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law.
In making today’s announcement, Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer commended the FBI and the Asheville Police Department for their investigation of the case, and thanked the Hendersonville Police Department, the Acworth Police Department and the Rome Police Department in Georgia for their invaluable assistance.
Assistant United States Attorney, Don Gast, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville is prosecuting the case.
Rome Police are searching for an armed robbery suspect after a man robbed SunTrust Bank on Shorter Avenue just before lunch Friday.
Police said that a black male entered the bank and pointed a handgun at the employees while demanding them to lay on the ground.
An undetermined amount of money was removed from the cashier area before he left the scene.
He is described as a 30 to 40-year-old, slender, light to medium skin black male wearing all black with a hat and sunglasses. He was last observed on foot near the bank.
No one was injured in the incident.
If anyone has information please contact the CID Unit at the Rome Police Department at 706.238.5111