Suspect In Athens Bank Robberies Arrested in Parkersburg, Connected To Other Robberies

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ATHENS, Ohio — A suspect wanted in connection to two bank robberies in Athens has been arrested by authorities in West Virginia in connection to several other robberies in multiple states.

Christine Joy Martin (WVRJA)
Christine Joy Martin (WVRJA)

Christine Joy Martin, 30, of Davisville, West Virginia, was arrested at a hotel in Parkersburg on December 30.

Police in Morgantown, West Virginia had obtained a warrant for her arrest in connection to a December 20 robbery at a United Bank, according to a press release from the department.

The warrant was immediately referred to the United States Marshals Service Mountain State Fugitive Task Force for apprehension.

Investigators believe Martin fled from the Morgantown area immediately following the robbery and traveled to the Parkersburg area.

A Deputy Marshal identified Martin at the check in counter of the hotel and observed her enter a room. After other officers arrived to assist with the arrest, Martin was taken into custody without incident.

Martin is the target of a multijurisdictional Bank Robbery Investigation including the Fairmont Police Department and Morgantown Police Department in West Virginia, South Strabane Township Police Department in Pennsylvania, and the City of Athens Police Department in Ohio.

Athens Police identified Martin as a suspect in the Dec. 27 robbery at People’s Bank and the Dec. 29 robbery at Chase Bank on East State Street.

Martin allegedly was unarmed in both instances and left both banks with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported in either incident.

No charges have been filed by APD against Martin as of Thursday. The investigation is still considered ongoing, according to APD.

Martin continues to be lodged at the North Central WV Regional Jail on $150,000.00 bond pending additional charges in West Virginia.