A Letcher County man and a clerk at a convenience store near the Kentucky-Virginia border worked together late Friday night to help police arrest an accused bank robber who had been on the run since Dec. 9.
Ronald David Green, 47, was arrested after the vehicle in which he was riding was stopped at a roadblock on US 23 near Wise, Va. about 11 p.m. Friday. The roadblock was set up after a clerk at State Line Food Market at Pound Gap told police a man paying for gas said he was being forced to drive Green from Ermine into Wise County, Va., said Letcher County Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Damron.
Also recovered during the traffic stop was a canvas bag containing $11,478.98. Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes said the bag appears to be the one a surveillance camera filmed Green using when he robbed $18,997 from the New People’s Bank in Norton at gunpoint. The robbery occurred at 5:55 p.m. on Dec. 9. After fleeing the scene on a red bicycle, Green made his way into Letcher County, where he has family connections and was able to hide until his Ermine acquaintance took action.
Green was the focus of a considerable search conducted by 10 law-enforcement agencies — the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, the Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police, the Kentucky State Police, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the FBI, and city police departments Whitesburg, Jenkins, Wise and Norton.
“This case is a tremendous example of what can happen when agencies cooperate,” Wise County Sheriff Oakes said in a press release issued Saturday. “Officers used leads, tips from the public, and their training and experience to ensure a safe, successful operation.”
Green, also known as “Gypsy Ron,” is being held without bond at the Duffield (Va.) Regional Jail.