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Quick arrest nabs Metter bank robber
Suspect was in custody within minutes of fleeing
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Badru Osaze Johnson

A man who robbed a Metter bank Monday morning didn't get very far, thanks to an alert citizen and fast-responding police.

Badru Osaze Johnson, 26, of Savannah, entered Sea Island Bank on South Lewis Street in Metter around 11:30 a.m., said Metter police Chief Mack Seckinger.

Johnson entered the bank and presented tellers a note stating that he had a gun and demanding an undisclosed amount of cash, Seckinger said. Johnson also verbally claimed that he had a weapon and kept his hand in his pocket, creating the impression that he had a gun, he said.

After tellers handed over the money, Johnson fled to the Bi-Lo parking lot behind the bank, where a witness watched as he got into a van and took off his shirt. The witness relayed this information to law enforcement as the events unfolded, and Metter police were on the scene in less than two minutes to take Johnson into custody, Seckinger said.

Johnson was "mouthy" but did not resist arrest and was handcuffed and taken to the Candler County Jail, the chief said.

No one was injured in the incident, and all money was recovered.

Seckinger said the Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted and will continue an investigation, possibly adding charges to the current charge of armed robbery Johnson faces.

James Harrison, supervisory special agent with the Georgia division of the FBI, said his agency aided Metter police in the investigation but that it was largely "a local arrest."

 

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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