Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Suspects Arrested in Connection with Robbery of Wells Fargo Bank Branch in Sandy Springs

ATLANTA—Acting Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Ricky Maxwell and Sandy Springs Police Chief Terry Sult announce the following arrests at Atlanta, Georgia, and Sandy Springs, Georgia, in connection with the August 30, 2012 armed bank robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank branch located at 6300 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, Georgia:

On August 31, 2012, officers of the Atlanta Police Department initiated a traffic stop at 610 Spring Street in Atlanta, Georgia, on 2010 Ford Focus that was driving in the wrong direction. This routine traffic stop escalated into a more in-depth investigation of the driver, Shamir Guillaume, and a search of the vehicle was conducted. Based on the results of the traffic stop, Guillaume, age 20, of Atlanta, and an associate, Sean Theodis, age 26 of Virginia, were charged via federal criminal complaint with violation of Title 18 USC Section 2113 (a) and (d) bank robbery.

On Saturday, September 8, 2012, further investigation by officers of the Sandy Springs Police Department resulted in the arrest of Rhakeem Butler, age 22. Butler is also charged via federal criminal complaint with violation of Title 18 USC Section 2113 (a) and (d) bank robbery. Butler, of the Washington, D.C. area, is further charged with violation of Title 18 USC 924(c), use of a weapon in furtherance of a crime of violence.

A fourth individual, Kelvin Purdic, aka Kelvin Purdy, age 24, of North Carolina, is also charged federally in the above matter on conspiracy related charges in the matter and violation of the Hobbs Act. He is described as being a black male, 6’3” in height, weighing 175 lbs., slender build, and frequents the Peachtree Dunwoody area of metro Atlanta. Anyone with information on Purdic’s whereabouts should contact the Atlanta FBI Field Office at (404) 679-9000.

On Monday, September 10, 2012, the above three individuals were afforded an initial appearance in front of a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Atlanta, Georgia.

The public is reminded that the above are merely allegations and that all persons are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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