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Suspect Uses Barber Razor to Rob Bank, Then Gets Haircut

By: Mike Waterhouse Email
By: Mike Waterhouse Email

Police say they arrested a man who used a barber razor to rob a bank in Roane County, injuring the bank's vice president in the process.

It happened Thursday at about noon at the Traders Bank on Main Street in Spencer.

Spencer's police chief Gary Williams tells WSAZ 30-year-old Roger Chapman entered the bank and accosted the bank's vice president. Williams says Chapman then put his arm around the VP's neck and held him at razor-point with a long barber razor.

The chief says the victim pulled $63 from his pocket and gave it to Chapman, but the victim's hand was cut by the razor in the process. At that point, Williams says Chapman ran out out the back door of the bank.

Chief Williams says Chapman then headed straight to a barbershop, where he took off his shirt and had his hair cut -- all in an effort to change his appearance.

About a half hour after the robbery, police say Chapman was spotted by the West Virginia State Police and the West Virginia Fire Marshal's office. He was taken into custody at that time.

Chapman is charged with one count of bank robbery, one count of robbery, and one count of malicious wounding. His bond was set at $250,000 cash.

He's being transported to the Central Regional Jail.

The bank vice president was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries, but was later released.


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