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Suspect arrested in attempted armed robbery at Valley Bank

UPDATE:Suspect arrested in attempted armed robbery at Valley Bank

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11:51 Update:

WSLS spoke with an employee of Kroger that was working while the store went on lockdown.

Police tell WSLS that 59-year-old Glenn W. Ruff robbed the Valley Bank just before 3 p.m. After Ruff allegedly robbed the bank.

He was then spotted going into the Kroger that shares a parking lot with the bank.

Employees there didn't even know what happened until they heard about the robbery on a police scanner kept in the store.

Soon after, the Kroger was placed on lockdown ---meaning that customers and employees couldn't leave until police could find the robber who was in the store.

WSLS spoke with a Kroger employee that tells us management had to take all of the employees back to safety, locking themselves in a back conference room for nearly an hour while police searched for the gunman.

“It was a little bit scary. We didn't know what was exactly going on. We didn't know for sure they had gotten the guy. We didn't know if he was going to come running through the door or what. It was a little bit nerve-racking. I guess i didn't realize to begin with how dangerous it was. But after we thought about it a little bit it got a little more dangerous,” the employee said.

Thankfully no one was injured.

Ruff is now in Roanoke County/ Salem jail.

Police say this has no connection to the bank robbery in Roanoke earlier this week.

 



9:30 Update:

On February 7, 2014, at approximately 3:18 PM Roanoke County Police received a call for a bank robbery at the Valley Bank located  in the 4000 block of Challenger Avenue. The suspect fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect  was seen entering the Kroger Grocery store nearby. The store was closed to initiate a search for the  suspect. A suspect was located and arrested. The store continued to stay closed while the investigation continued.

Glenn W. Ruff, 59, of Roanoke was arrested and charged with robbery, being armed with a deadly weapon while entering a banking institution, and  possession of a concealed weapon after being convicted of a felony. He is currently being held at the Roanoke County / Salem Jail without bond.

No one was hurt during the robbery.

Anyone witnessing this incident is asked to call Detective Stanley at (540) 777- 8621.

This robbery does not appear to be connected to the bank robbery from Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from Electric Road. If you have information from this robbery, please contact the police department at (540) 562-3265.

 


Original story:

Roanoke County Police say a suspect is now in custody after an attempted armed robbery at Valley Bank.

The bank is located inside of the Bonsack Kroger on Challenger Avenue.

The incident prompted the Kroger area to go on lockdown.

Roanoke County Police tell us the area is now back open.

The investigation is ongoing.
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