Search is on after bank robber identified

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

A warrant has been issued for a Greenup, Ky., woman wanted for last week’s US Bank robbery.

The Ironton Police Department has named Natalie Carter, 28, as its prime suspect in the March 7 heist at the Jones Street branch.

Police Chief Jim Carey said the woman is white, approximately 5-foot-5-inches tall, 250 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

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She was last seen in a 1998 Chevrolet beige van with the Kentucky license plate 962-MEL.

Carter reportedly came into the bank just before 11 a.m. last Tuesday 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 getaway car, 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.

Carey said tips from the public led to the identification of the alleged robber and her sidekick, who are thought to still be traveling together. The chief said it is not known if they are still in the immediate area.

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

Anyone with information about the robbery can call the police department detective’s bureau at (740) 532-5606.