Coffeyville Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

Tuesday, February 17th 2009, 9:08 pm
By: News On 6

COFFEYVILLE, KS --  A shootout with a bank robbery suspect ends with an innocent bystander dead and the robbery suspect in the Montgomery County jail. 

Coffeyville, Kansas Police have identified a bank robbery suspect and a bystander he allegedly shot and killed during a police shootout.

Coffeyville Police Cmdr. Mike Brown said in a news release that 39-year-old Ross A. Williams of Claremore, Oklahoma was arrested at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Williams is suspected of holding up a Bank of America branch in Coffeyville shortly before 5 p.m.

The robber fled in a car parked two blocks away and police began a chase that ended when the suspect bailed out of the car and opened fire with a rifle.

A bystander who died in the gunfire has been identified as Willie Neal of Georgia. Neal's age and hometown were not immediately known.

Williams, who was wearing body armor at the time of his arrest, was jailed while authorities prepare charges.

FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton says an undisclosed amount of cash was taken in the holdup.

Associated Press assisted with this story