Employees were able to provide the officers with a suspect description, which was relayed to additional officers responding as backup. They quickly set up a perimeter, Lupo said.
Matthews matched the description provided by the bank staff, and he was found in possession of the stolen cash, he said. He is being held without bond in the Fulton County Jail on a charge of armed robbery.
John Chavis, 35, of Smyrna, is suspected in two armed robberies at banks in Marietta on Wednesday. He was met by Marietta officers outside a Bank of America on Cherokee Street and quickly arrested, according to police. Investigators believe Chavis is also responsible for an earlier robbery at a Wells Fargo on Roswell Street.
Chavis was carrying “several thousand dollars in stolen U.S. currency” when he was arrested, Marietta police spokesman Officer Chuck McPhilamy said.
“According to bank employees, Chavis entered the bank just after 3:30 p.m. and showed a note to a teller threatening violence if they did not give him $5,000,” McPhilamy said in a news release. “He kept one hand under a towel and motioned as though he was holding a handgun.”
While one bank employee handed over the cash, others activated the silent alarm, he said. Chavis was taken into custody in the parking lot without incident, despite refusing to comply with officers’ verbal commands, according to McPhilamy.
He is also charged in the earlier robbery at Wells Fargo, where the suspect was able to leave the building before bank employees could call 911. He is being held without bond in the Cobb County jail on multiple charges of robbery by intimidation.