Two charged in connection with bank robbery

NEW CUMBERLAND – Two individuals are being charged in connection with the Tuesday robbery of the New Cumberland branch of Hancock County Savings Bank.

Late Friday morning, officials with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department announced warrants were being issued for the arrest of Russell Frederick Culbreth, 34, and Neredia Jade Marie Ferrer, 19.

Neither individual has a known, fixed address, according to officials.

The warrants were being issued by the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office following a joint investigation between the sheriff’s department and the New Cumberland Police Department.

Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher expressed his appreciation to the public, assistance from which he said was crucial in the case.

“Our guys did an excellent job and we thank the public for their help as well,” Fletcher said. “We will extradite these two individuals back here to face these charges.”

Officials stated the two are believed to be driving a 1999 black, two-door Pontiac Grand Am with a West Virginia license plate 3TF250. The vehicle is described as having a faded “bra” – a stretchy type of vinyl, usually black, which attaches to the front of the vehicle – as well as a loud exhaust.

Anyone with information regarding Culbreth and Ferrer’s whereabouts can contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 564-3911 or the New Cumberland Police Department at (304) 564-3383.

Information released by the sheriff’s department indicated Culbreth is facing charges for bank robbery, which carries a prison sentence of between 10 and 20 years in prison. Culbreth previously has been convicted on robbery charges in South Carolina, according to police.

Ferrer faces charges of being an accessory to bank robbery.

The robbery of the bank, located at 1200 Ridge Ave. in New Cumberland, was reported shortly before noon on Tuesday.

At the start of the investigation, New Cumberland Police Chief Lester Skinner said Culbreth did not show a weapon but did have a note.

“He used a note to communicate and spoke to them briefly and told them to give him (money),” Skinner said.

Culbreth, described by officials as being between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet tall at the time of the robbery, allegedly entered the bank while no customers were inside and presented a note to a cashier before taking an unspecified amount of cash.

He was wearing a dark baseball cap, yellow T-shirt over a black hoodie, jeans and gloves.