The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 14, 2014

State police capture bank robbery suspect in 9 minutes

MCALISTERVILLE — It took state police at Lewistown less than 10 minutes Tuesday afternoon to capture a 22-year-old suspect who allegedly held up the Juniata Valley Bank along Route 35 in Juniata County.

The suspect, Brandon Lee Popp of Thompsontown, was taken into custody after state police spotted his getaway car traveling along Route 333 just 9 minutes after the bank robbery.

State police at Lewistown said the suspect, described as a white man, heavy set, wearing jeans with multiple pockets and work boots with black rubber toes, walked into the bank at 3:23 p.m. Tuesday, displayed a hand gun and ordered bank employees to gather and get onto the ground in the corner of the bank. He then demanded cash from all of the registers and fled.

Employees told police that the suspect had a tattoo on his neck that read “Eva”, and he fled north on Route 35 in a Chevrolet passenger car with no license plate.

Nine minutes later, at 3:32 p.m., a state police trooper spotted a tan Chevrolet on Route 333 and pulled the vehicle over. The driver was wearing clothing and footwear that matched the bank robbery suspect and he had an “Eva” tattoo on his neck, police said.

Popp was taken into custody and later admitted that he committed the robbery, telling police the money was in his car, according to a news release issued by police. Investigators obtained a search warrant and recovered the cash from the car. The handgun was located and found to be a plastic pellet gun, police said.

Popp was arraigned before District Judge Barbara Lyter and committed to the Mifflin County prison in liew of $100,000 bail.


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