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January 14, 2022

3 suspects in custody soon after PNC Bank robbery

Police gather evidence at the PNC Bank branch robbed Friday in Warrenton.
State police joined Warrenton officers and sheriff’s deputies to investigate the robbery.
The collaboration with the sheriff’s office was instrumental in this case.
— Warrenton Police Chief Michael Kochis
Authorities apprehended three suspects soon after the robbery of the PNC Bank at 615 Branch Drive in Warrenton on Friday.

A man entered the bank at 11:54 a.m., “presented a letter and left with cash,” town Police Chief Michael Kochis said at 1:15 p.m.

The suspect did not display a weapon, Chief Kochis said.

Not long after the robbery, police apprehended three suspects in a vehicle on Interstate 66 near Manassas, Officer Chai Fuller wrote in a press release Friday night.

Warrenton Police identified the suspected robber as Steve Jamal Smith, 27, of Washington, D.C. Charged with robbery, Mr. Smith remained in the Fauquier jail Friday night, Officer Fuller said.

Police also arrested one of other men in vehicle, Sherman Edward Smith, 29, of Falls Church, “on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for assault out of Alexandria,” Officer Fuller said.

Police did not release the identity of the third person in the vehicle, whom they did not arrest, according to Officer Fuller.

Nor did authorities release the amount of cash taken.

“The collaboration with the sheriff’s office was instrumental in this case,” Chief Kochis said. He also thanked Prince William County and Virginia State Police.

Town officers, sheriff’s deputies and state police remained on the scene early Friday afternoon.

There were no injuries.

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