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July 15, 2011

POLICE: JASPER MAN ROBBED VALDOSTA BANK AT GUNPOINT

Arrest made following Guardian Bank armed robbery Friday afternoon

Valdosta — VALDOSTA – A Jasper man was taken into custody after a bank robbery Friday in Valdosta, say police, following an intense foot chase through several neighborhoods.

The Guardian Bank, 1906 N. Ashley St., was robbed at approximately 3:20 p.m., said Cmdr. Brian Childress, Valdosta Police Department. The robbery involved a masked suspect with a gun, he said.

The suspect was identified as Greg Lamar Taylor Jr., 21, of Jasper, who is believed to have acted alone, according to a press release.

Cory Green, a bank customer from Naylor, witnessed the robbery.

“I thought it was a joke a first,” Green said. “But it went bad right after that split-second.”

Green said the robber grabbed him and dragged him around, then grabbed one of the bank tellers and dragged her around as well.

“Then he struck out the back door after he got some money,” Green said. He said he didn’t hear any gunshots or see anyone get hurt.

The suspect fled in a vehicle, which was pursued by a police officer, Childress said.

The suspect ditched the vehicle after a minor accident at Roosevelt Drive and Woodrow Wilson Drive, according to a police press release, and set out on foot, with numerous police officers and sheriff’s deputies on the chase, both on foot and in vehicles.

Valdosta police and the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office caught up with the suspect several blocks away from the bank behind a house in the 2300 block of Patterson Street, directly across from South Georgia Medical Center.

Police also had a section of nearby Roosevelt Drive next to McKey Park cordoned off.

Valdosta Police Chief Frank Simons was on the scene when the suspect was located and apprehended, as was Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine.

The vehicle was being towed to Valdosta police headquarters and will be secured until a search warrant is obtained, said Capt. Bobbi McGraw of the police department.

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