The man sought for the December robbery of two Hanover County banks was arrested in Elgin, Ill. last week.
In a joint statement, Jeffrey C. Mazanec, special agent in charge of the Richmond Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Hanover Sheriff, Col. David R. Hines, announced the arrest of Jeremy Evans of Carol Stream, Ill., aka the “Ray-Bandit,” who is thought to be responsible for at least 17 bank robberies in seven states.
In addition to a pair of Dec. 5 bank heists in Hanover County and an earlier robbery in Illinois, Evans is believed to have also struck in Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska and California over a spree that began last July
Evans was arrested by officers from the Elgin, Ill. Police Department on Jan. 15. Following a report of an armed robbery, officers spotted and stopped a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car.
On Dec. 5, a man wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses robbed the Sun Trust bank located inside of the Mechanicsville Kroger and a BB&T bank located in the 9100 block of Chamberlayne Road. In both cases, the suspect passed a note to the teller demanding money. After being provided with an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency, the suspect left the bank. No one was injured in either incident and a weapon was not displayed.
Shortly after the robberies, Hanover authorities announced they believed their suspect was the same serial bank robber wanted in six other states.
Reached Tuesday, Sgt. Chris Whitley, of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, said news of Evans’ arrest was promising “but it is too early to jump to any conclusions.”
He added that there is more work to be done to resolve the cases in Hanover and the HCSO would be working closely with other affect agencies and the FBI going forward.
Dennette Rybiski, media coordinator for the FBI’s Richmond office, said the investigation is ongoing. The FBI is also currently investigating whether the suspected “Ray-Bandit” was responsible for any other unsolved robberies.
“Clearly, when you’re dealing with a serial robber you want to make sure you cross your t’s and dot your i’s,” Rybiski said.