LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) - Two men have been arrested in connection to armed robberies in LaGrange and Hogansville, GA.
On Friday, Oct. 7 around 2:34 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Community Bank and Trust at 2092 West Point Rd., in reference to an armed robbery.
Officers were advised that a middle-aged black male wearing a black and white striped shirt, dark pants, sunglasses, and a hat entered the bank and asked about opening an account.
As an employee spoke with the suspect, he pulled a handgun and forced the employee to the floor. The suspect then moved to the teller line, where he proceeded to rob the bank.
The suspect ran out the back of the bank and was not seen in the area again. A look-out was immediately put out on the suspect to all agencies in the area.
LaGrange Police received photos of a bank robbery suspect who robbed the Community Bank and Trust in Hogansville, GA on Monday, Oct. 3.
There was also information of the vehicle that was used to get away after the robbery was committed in Hogansville.
After comparing the Hogansville robbery suspect photos to the video of the robbery that had just occurred it was determined that the two robberies were likely committed by the same suspect.
At around 3 p.m., members of the Hogansville Police Department saw the suspect's vehicle traveling north on Interstate 85 and completed a traffic stop near exit 28.
Officers determined that the passenger in the vehicle was the robbery suspect.
LaGrange Police responded to the location of the traffic stop and also confirmed the passenger of the vehicle was responsible for the armed robbery that had just occurred.
Evidence of the crime was located and seized by LaGrange Police. Both the driver and the passenger were arrested and later transported to the LaGrange Police Department and then the Troup County Jail.
The driver was identified as Marcus Ward of Atlanta, GA. He was charged with one count of armed robbery.
The passenger was identified as William Everett of Louisville, KY. He was charged with one count of armed robbery, four counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.