UPDATE (10/8/2019 3:00 p.m.):
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – A Pennsylvania man has been arrested on multiple charges after allegedly robbing three banks located in Marion, Monongalia and Preston counties.
According to detectives with the Fairmont Police Department, on August 12, Daryl Waychoff, 55, of Houston, Pennsylvania entered the BC Bank on East Park Avenue, with his face concealed with a bandanna.
Officials said that Waychoff then confronted a bank teller, stating that he had a gun on him and demanded all of the the money she had in her drawer.
According to the complaint, the teller, in fear of her own safety, gave Waychoff an undisclosed amount of money from her drawer. Once he received the money, he then fled on foot to a McDonald’s parking lot and left the area on a black and orange Suzuki motorcycle, officials said.
Then on September 15, Deputies with the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department responded to a robbery at the First United Bank located off Chaplin Road.
According to witness statements and bank security footage, a white man, later identified as Waychoff, walked into the bank and demanded money from the female teller.
Court documents stated that the teller, in fear of her well being, gave Waychoff several hundreds of dollars from her drawer. Witnesses said that he then left the bank and fled on a motorcycle from the scene.
The crime spree ended with the robbery of the Clear Mountain Bank in Bruceton Mills that occurred on October 2. After the robbery, Waychoff led deputies on a police chase on I-79 into Pennsylvania that ended in a crash involving a police cruiser.
Waychoff is currently being held in North Central Regional Jail on bails totaling more than $1.1 million. He was wanted on felony bank robbery charges in Marion County. Once arrested after the chase, he was charged in Monongalia County on felony charges of fleeing with reckless indifference and armed bank robbery.
UPDATE (10/3/2019 10:15 a.m.):
BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. – A Pennsylvania man has been arrested after deputies said he robbed a Preston County bank, fled the scene, led deputies on a chase and crashed into a police cruiser.
According to a press release from the Preston County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to Clear Mountain Bank in Bruceton Mills after receiving a report of a robbery involving a suspect who was described as an older white male wearing a gray long-sleeve shirt, an Under Armour ball cap and sunglasses.
Deputies said the man was later identified as Daryl Waychoff, 55, of Houston, Pennsylvania.
The release stated that Waychoff had entered the bank and demanded money from the teller and told her he had a firearm. Witnesses on scene observed Waychoff flee the scene on a motorcycle, according to deputies. Surrounding counties were then notified to be on the lookout for the motorcycle, deputies said. No bank employees were harmed during the robbery.
A deputy from the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department observed Waychoff traveling on I-68 near the Cooper’s Rock exit and after attempting to initiate a traffic stop, a pursuit ensued. The pursuit involved deputies from both Monongalia and Preston County Sheriff’s Departments. The release stated that the pursuit continued onto I-79 and into Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania State Police then assisted in the chase when Waychoff attempted to drive through the median and turn around to go southbound, according to the release. Deputies said it was at that time that Waychoff struck a Preston County cruiser, causing him to be thrown from the motorcycle.
Waychoff was then taken into custody and transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital by ambulance due to injuries he reported to have received during the crash, according to the release. Deputies said Waychoff was then treated and later released into the custody of the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department.
Waychoff was then served with a warrant obtained in the Preston County Magistrate Court for bank robbery, according to the release. Deputies said multiple further charges are pending in Preston and Monongalia counties as well as in Greene County, Pennsylvania.
ORIGINAL (10/2/2019 3:08 p.m.):
BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. – Deputies responded to a reported bank robbery at Clear Mountain Bank in Bruceton Mills on Wednesday morning, according to a press release from the Preston County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies said the incident happened around 11 a.m.
The release stated a suspect was identified and a partial registration plate on a motorcycle leaving the area was obtained. Monongalia and Preston County Sheriff’s Office deputies observed the suspect on a motorcycle traveling west along I-68 and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, according to the release.
Deputies said the driver fled on I-68 westbound and then I-79 north through Monongalia County and into Greene County Pennsylvania, where he was stopped in the median near the 6.5 mile marker.
The release stated that this was a combined effort between Preston and Monongalia County law enforcement agencies, along with West Virginia and Pennsylvania State Police, Preston County 911 and Mecca.
Th release also stated that the suspect’s name will not be released at this time and the incident is still under investigation.