Police arrested a suspected bank robber Friday after a witness reported that one of the Ameris Bank branches in Hinesville was possibly being robbed.
Saturday, Hinesville police Detective Cpl. Joshua Heath identified the suspect as Joseph Hutch. No other identifying information was available.
The incident started around 2:15 p.m. Friday.
The witness spoke with 911 operators while following a man driving a camouflage Jeep. Police swarmed toward the vehicle, which turned into the parking lot at the Old Liberty County Jail, next to The Heritage Bank drive-through on South Main Street. Officers surrounded the vehicle and arrested the driver.
Heath said the officers were dispatched in reference to a bank robbery at the Ameris Bank branch on Gen. Screven Way.
“A witness saw the subject coming out of the bank with an arm full of money, and so the witness followed the suspect once the suspect got into his vehicle,” Heath said.
Heath said the man circled the block around the Liberty County Justice Center and as the suspect turned onto South Main Street, it looked like he was going to make a run for it until he saw numerous police vehicles surround his Jeep.
The man turned into the parking lot and surrendered.
Heath said no one was injured. He added there was a report that a weapon had been used, but so far, police have recovered only a knife from the Jeep’s passenger seat.
The amount of money stolen and the motive were still being investigated.
The vehicle was impounded for processing. It is expected that the case will be turned over to the FBI. Heath said Hutch also confessed to the January robbery at the S Bank in Hinesville.