WARNER ROBINS — A silent alarm, watchful citizens and a quick response from law enforcement culminated in the arrest of two men accused of robbing a bank in Bonaire Thursday.
Kerivonte Davis, 24, of Wrightsville, and Gregory Green, 26, of Fort Valley, were both charged with armed robbery in the incident around 2 p.m. at Atlantic Southern Bank at 135 Ga. 96, said Houston County sheriff’s Lt. Jon Holland.
Davis and Green are accused of coming into the bank, masked and with handguns, accosting the bank tellers and demanding money, Holland said.
The men pointed weapons at the tellers and made all four employees get on the floor. The men stole an undisclosed amount of money and then fled in a car, Holland said. No one was injured.
The Houston County E-911 center received a silent alarm at 1:51 p.m. from a panic button activated by a bank employee, Holland said. About the same time, a bank customer going through the drive-through called 911 and reported a suspicious person inside the bank who appeared to have a weapon, Holland said.
Authorities had a partial plate and vehicle description of a light blue or silver Toyota that went out over the police radio as a be-on-the-lookout (BOLO) alert. The car was seen traveling east on Ga. 96 and then tuning south on Ga. 247 toward Pulaski County.
Two Houston County employees spotted the car identified in the BOLO on Ga. 247 and followed it into Pulaski County and back into Houston County before losing track of the car, Holland said.
Sheriff’s deputies and state troopers initiated a traffic stop at 3:41 p.m. on U.S. 341 near Boutwell Road in Houston County, he said. Authorities recovered some clothing inside the vehicle that had been stained by bank dye packs, Holland said.
The men were seen throwing items from the car. A search was made of the area in the north portion of Pulaski County in a residential area near Southern Hills Golf Course.
The men were being held in the Houston County jail without bond Thursday night.
A sheriff’s deputy car blocked the entrance to the bank late Thursday afternoon. Sheriff’s investigators and agents from the GBI and FBI were also at the crime scene. Officers from other Middle Georgia law enforcement agencies also helped search for the car.
Anyone with additional information about the robbery is asked to call the Houston County Sheriff's Office at 542-2085.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.