Nelsonville Robbery Suspect Apprehended

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NELSONVILLE — The suspect in a bank robbery that caused the lockdown of Nelsonville schools on Monday has been apprehended, according to officials.

Kyle Jones
Kyle Jones

Kyle Alexander Jones was arrested on two active warrants out of Perry County, according to a press release by the Nelsonville Police Department.

“Contact was made” with Jones during a search that followed the reported robbery of the People’s Bank on Canal Street at about 9:23 a.m. Employees of the bank called police after a suspect slid a teller a note, then fled on foot with “an undisclosed amount of money” toward Chestnut Street, police stated in the release.

The Nelsonville-York School District initiated a lockdown at about 10:30 a.m. The school district was notified of a social media post that mentioned the bank robbery, and after confirming with Nelsonville Police, the decision was made to lock the doors.

Hocking College did not initiate lockdown procedures, according to spokesperson Tim Brunicardi. An email to students, faculty and staff notifying them of the situation, and giving a description of the suspect.

Jones was taken into custody on the unrelated warrants, but “as a result of the investigation, Mr. Jones was also charged with one count of robbery,” according to the statement from police.

He is currently being held in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on $100,000 bond according to jail records.

Police also stated there were “no known connections to any other similar incidents either locally or elsewhere.”