Police: 1 arrested for Liberty bank robbery

The robbery happened Friday afternoon at the PNC Bank on Belmont Avenue and Route 304

Michael Scott Williams
LIBERTY: Arrested Dec. 15 - Michael Scott Williams, 36, charged with robbery, failure to comply and receiving stolen property


LIBERTY, Ohio (WKBN) – Police have arrested a suspect they believe robbed a Liberty bank Friday afternoon.

Michael Scott Williams, 36, is in Trumbull County Jail charged with robbery, failure to comply and receiving stolen property.

The robbery happened around 3:30 p.m. at the PNC Bank on Belmont Avenue and Route 304.

An hour later, in Niles on John Street near Niles High School, police arrested Williams inside a white house. Another person was arrested as well — although he was not connected to the alleged robbery, police say. He has not yet been identified.

Williams was recently arrested on Nov. 30 on five drug-related charges. He was released from jail on Dec. 1. He was also arrested in Nov. 2016 for two drug-related charges and driving without a license.

Police say he was living in Niles, but recently returned from Florida.

Around the corner from the John Street house on East Madison Avenue, police towed away the car believed to be the getaway vehicle in the robbery. It was taken to the Liberty Police Department, while Williams was taken back to the PNC to be identified by witnesses.

Liberty police say a witness at the bank wrote down the license number and a description of the getaway car, which allowed police to make a quick arrest. No one was hurt at at the bank, and police say they recovered a good portion of the money.

The robbery happened Friday afternoon at the PNC Bank on Belmont Avenue and Route 304. 

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