UPDATE: Arrest made in Salem bank robbery

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UPDATE (11/25/2020 10 p.m.):

SALEM, W.Va. – The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI made an arrest in the robbery of Summit Bank in Salem.

Clinton Monroe Utter

According to officials, on November 25 at approximately 8:06 p.m., Clinton Monroe Utter was arrested for the robbery that occurred on November 17.

The arrest, according to officials, occurred during a traffic stop on US Route 50 near Salem. Officials explained that the arrest was without incident.

According to the release, at this time both agencies are continuing to investigate.

Sheriff Robert Matheny stated, “The cooperation with the FBI, the Harrison County Prosecutor’s Office, The US Attorney’s Office, and all local police agencies has been flawless during this complex investigation.”  

Stay with 12 News as we will continue to provide more information as it becomes available.

UPDATE (11/20/2020 11:05 a.m.):

SALEM, W.Va. – The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in gathering information that will lead to the arrest of the individual or individuals involved in the robbery of Summit Bank in Salem that occurred Tuesday morning.

Deputies are asking anyone who has any camera footage during the day of the robbery, Tuesday, November 17, including any vehicle dashcam footage or home and business security footage to save that video footage.

Deputies asked that if even if citizens believe their footage isn’t relevant to the Salem area, that they retain the footage in case Law Enforcement would need it.

Deputies said that anyone who has any information regarding the robbery can contact Crime Stoppers at 304-255-7867 or online at www.crimestopperswv.com.


UPDATE (11/17/2020 2:35 p.m.):

SALEM, W.Va. — The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department has released more information about a robbery incident at the Summit Bank in Salem.

In the statement, deputies said that they are working with the FBI in order to locate the individual who robbed the bank; the entire statement follows:

Photo provided by Harrison Co. Sheriff’s Office

“The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at the Summit Bank in Salem on 11/17/2020 around 0800. The suspect entered the bank and presented a firearm demanding money. There were 5 victims present in the bank at the time of the robbery and there are no reported injuries. The male then stole a vehicle from a bank employee and fled the area. The vehicle has been recovered and the suspect remains at large. The HCSO and FBI are requesting anyone that saw the suspect (picture provided) in the area of Salem to please contact Crime Stoppers to assist investigators in establishing a timeline of events. We are also requesting you contact Crime Stoppers if you are a homeowner or business owner in the area with security cameras. Due to this being a cooperative effort it is of the utmost importance to contact Crime Stoppers by the provided means and not either agency directly.”

Harrison County Sheriff’s Department

Crime Stoppers can be contacted at: 304-255-STOP (7867) or www.crimestopperswv.com


ORIGINAL (11/17/2020 10:33 a.m.):

SALEM, W.Va. — Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a call of a robbery at the Summit Bank in Salem on Tuesday.

According to the Harrison County 911 Communication Center, law enforcement agencies were informed of a reported robbery at 8:08 a.m. on Tuesday at the Summit Bank in Salem.

An unknown male individual, armed with a handgun, demanded money according to the comm center.

According to a witness, she said that when she attempted to enter the bank through the back door a man came out and held a gun to her back.

The witness then stated that the male told her to start “zip-tying” individuals inside the bank, but when the witness took to long to do so, the male began to do so himself.

After everyone was restrained, the male then held a gun to another individual inside of the bank and demanded car keys, which he took and then fled the scene in the vehicle, according to the witness.

The Salem Police Department, as well as the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene, but the individual had already fled, comm center officials said.

The vehicle was later found on Cherry Camp Road in Salem, but the individual was not in it, according to the witness.

Law enforcement is currently on the lookout for the individual, and according to Harrison County Sheriff Robert Matheny, the male got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

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