Bank Robber Faces Up to 85 Years in Prison

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 12/6/10 @ 9:50 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Jacob McCoy Samples, a Cross Lanes man who confessed to robbing the Poca Valley Bank in Clendenin last year, faces as long as 85 years in prison.

The bank robbery occurred in October 2009.

A judge sentenced Samples to 14 to 85 years in prison. Samples appeared in court Monday for the sentencing.

UPDATE 10/7/09 @ 11:45 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After reviewing surveillance video, it didn't take deputies long to catch up with a suspected bank robber, because he's been in trouble with the law before.

Investigators say they knew Jacob McCoy Samples from a past investigation and went to his house in Cross Lanes to arrest him.

When they arrived at his home, Samples confessed to robbing the Poca Valley Bank in Clendenin.

According to the criminal complaint, Samples says he did place something over his face to conceal his identity. He told deputies he didn't know how much money he got away with because he had been on the run all day.

Deputies were able to recover some of the cash at Samples' home.

Our records show Samples was arrested in 2006 and charged with robbing the Kroger in Elkview. Samples and two other men allegedly jumped the counter at the store and stole Sudafed to make meth. Police also said Samples hurt a store employee during that robbery.

According to a news release, Samples was on home confinement when this latest robbery happened. Samples told deputies he cut off his ankle bracelet to get away.

Deputies also say Samples failed to appear for his arraignments in Circuit Court that same morning.

Samples is charged with bank robbery and being held on $100,000 cash bond. The charge carries a penalty of 10 to 25 years.

Deputies say Samples could be facing additional charges for Violation of Home Confinement and Failure to appear in Circuit Court.

UPDATE 10/7/09 @ 10:40 p.m.
CLENDENIN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say they have made an arrest in the robbery of a Kanawha County bank.

Deputies say the Jacob McCoy Samples is behind the robbery that happened early Monday morning in Clendenin.

Keep clicking on for the latest information.

UPDATE 10/7/09 @ 12:10 p.m.
CLENDENIN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies have released a description of the man they believe robbed a local bank.

The robbery happened at around 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Poca Valley bank on Spencer Road in Clendenin.

Deputies tell the man walked into the bank with a gun, demanded money, and then left on foot.

Suspect Description

  • Male
  • 5'5" to 5'8" tall
  • Some facial hair, maybe a beard
  • Wearing a dark-colored Marshall hooded sweatshirt
  • Blue jeans

    If you have any information, you're urged to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department at (304) 357-0169.

    CLENDENIN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are responding to a bank robbery that happened Monday morning at a bank in northern Kanawha County.

    The call went out at about 9:38 a.m. for the Poca Valley Bank on Spencer Road.

    "Preliminary information at this time is that the suspect is a white male, small shorter build, wearing long pants and hooded sweatshirt, black mask and was armed with a handgun," said Lt. Bryan Stover with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department in a news release.

    WSAZ has a crew on the way to the scene. Keep clicking on for more information.

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