Bank robbery suspect picked up in Coryville

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

CORYVIILLE — Tips from the public led to the arrest of an alleged bank robber Tuesday night at a home on Falls Road near Coryville.

Natalie Carter, 28, has been charged with aggravated robbery for the March 7 heist at the U.S. Bank Jones Street branch, Ironton Police Detective Jim Akers said. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and the IPD arrested the Greenup, Ky., woman without incident shortly after 7 p.m.

Akers said the 1998 Chevrolet beige van with the Kentucky license reportedly used in the getaway was found in the Pick-n-Save parking lot.

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Carter reportedly came into the bank just before 11 am March 7 and passed a note to the teller demanding money. She was last seen on Pleasant Street getting into the van with a man police have identified as Willis Cochran, 44.

Cochran was allegedly driving the van, but he has not been charged with any crime in connection with the heist. But, police say he is wanted on a robbery charge in Jackson. Cochran is described as a white male, approximately 5-foot-10-inches, 165 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

Akers said the bank robbery is still under investigation and more arrests may follow.

The robbery was the fourth at the bank branch in two years.