Armed man allegedly robs Charter Bank on West Point Road

Published 4:23 pm Thursday, December 14, 2017

On Thursday afternoon, an unidentified man allegedly robbed Charter Bank at 2231 West Point Road at gunpoint.

According to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, no employees were harmed during the robbery, but an unknown amount of money was taken.

“At 2:03 p.m., 911 got a call from an alarm company that said that they had some panic alarms or push button alarms from the bank — about five push button alarms from the bank — and they received an open line from the bank,” Sgt. Stewart Smith said. “They confirmed that there was an armed robbery at that location.”

A LaGrange police officer arrived on the scene at 2:06 p.m. According to TCSO, there was less than five minutes between the officer’s arrival time and the suspect’s departure.

The suspect is a black male who is approximately 6 foot tall. He wore a camouflage hood and dark clothing during the robbery, so no other details of his appearance were available initially. The man drove away in a Mazda 3 with Georgia plates, turning left onto West Point Road.

“What we have right now is what we believe to be a black male who entered the bank, brandished a handgun as soon as he came in through the door and approached the clerks and demanded money,” Stewart said. “They put an unknown amount of cash into a bag, and then he got into his car which is believed to be a Mazda car with a Georgia tag.”

Charter Bank’s Region President Joe Ragland stated that the bank was thankful for the concern shown by the community and that no one was harmed during the robbery.

Anyone with information on this suspect is urged to call the TCSO at (706) 883-1616 or the Crime Stoppers at (706) 812-1000. The sheriff’s office encourages anyone who sees the suspect to call 911.