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Bank robbery suspect’s identity confirmed (press conf. video included)

As reported here earlier, the man who allegedly robbed United Bank on Main Street in Barnesville this morning has been identified by authorities as 45-year-old Leonard William Willis of 10958 Reading Rd. in Jacksonville, Fl. Willis allegedly hit the local bank after holding up a BBT branch in Forsyth just minutes earlier. Willis was apprehended after a high speed chase. He was first spotted by Lt. Leslie Baines of the LCSO. “Lt. Baines is a very good officer who did a great job with this pursuit,” Lamar sheriff Larry Waller said at a 3 p.m. press conference today. Waller was joined by GBI agent Cayce Ingalls, Barnesville police chief Chuck Keadle, Monroe County sheriff John Cary Bittick and a host of other officers at the briefing. The GBI is now the lead agency in the investigation and authorities are awaiting issuance of a warrant to search Willis’ vehicle where it is hoped some of the cash from multiple bank robberies will be found. Neither cash nor any weapons have been located. The truck is in the impound lot at the Lamar jail. Willis is the prime suspect in three Ormond Beach, Fl. roberies last week, one in Tifton Friday and one in Dublin Monday in addition to today’s two heists. No injuries were reported in any of the robberies. Willis suffered minor injuries after he was tasered by Henry County officers at the end of this morning’s high speed chase. Willis is charged with multiple traffic offenses and resisting arrest in addition to the multiple robberies. Keadle said the investigation is ongoing and more robberies may be tied to Willis. No shots were fired during any of the robberies or during the chase. ”Everybody worked really well together on this,” Keadle said of the multi-jurisdictional cooperation that resulted in Willis’ arrest.

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