A Perry woman accused of attempting to rob a Cochran bank and fleeing after dropping the towel that covered her face is behind bars in Bleckley County, police said.
Kerry Leighann Bonner, 40, was charged with criminal attempt to commit armed robbery in the June 28 incident at the Citizen’s Bank of Cochran, said Key McGuire, Cochran police assistant chief. Bonner was being held Wednesday without bond at the Bleckley County Law Enforcement Center.
Bonner is accused of driving up to the drive-through window and passing a note that threatened to set off a bomb if the bank teller didn’t give her money, McGuire said. Bonner was holding a towel over her face but dropped it as she passed the note, he said.
As a result, her face was captured on the bank surveillance video, and photos of her were distributed among law enforcement agencies and media outlets.
Friday morning, a teller at the BB&T Bank on Pio Nono Avenue in Macon recognized Bonner as she drove through, wearing a towel over her face, to ask if the bank would cash a check from another bank, McGuire said. Bonner apparently panicked and drove away, he said.
Friday afternoon, Perry police recognized Bonner from an FBI bulletin that was circulated among law enforcement, McGuire said. Perry police began searching for her and found Bonner during the weekend at her mother’s mobile home in Perry, he said.
Bonner somehow shot herself in the hand when police were attempting to arrest her and was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, McGuire said. She was released late Tuesday by the hospital and immediately picked up by a Bibb County sheriff’s deputy on the outstanding warrant from Cochran police, McGuire said.
McGuire noted the case is a good example of how smaller communities are not limited in policing efforts -- they have the ability to tap into resources of larger law enforcement agencies such as the FBI.
“You can run, but you can’t hide,” McGuire said.
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