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Deputies arrest Mingo suspect

STEUBENVILLE — A man who was indicted by the Jefferson County grand jury last week in connection with a bank robbery was arrested on Tuesday in the city.

Trent E. Travis, 22, was indicted for aggravated robbery, robbery and three counts of tampering with evidence in connection with the July 11 robbery of the Softite Community Federal Credit Union branch on Longview Avenue, Mingo Junction.

A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy got a tip that Travis was at a house at 458 S. Fifth St. City police, Mingo Junction police and the sheriff’s department went to the house around 9 a.m. on Tuesday. A deputy reported Travis was found inside the house and taken into custody without incident.

Travis was arraigned Wednesday on the charges. He entered a not guilty plea and was appointed attorney Steven Stickles. His bond was set at $200,000, and the case was assigned to Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller.

Mingo Junction Police Chief Joe Sagun said two employees were still in the credit union when a white male wearing a white over-the-head-style fabric mask, a hood and heavy coat entered around 4:56 p.m. on July 11. No customers were present, he added.

The man, who appeared to be armed with a “rifle-caliber pistol,” left the property on foot but is believed to have made his escape in a black SUV that was in the area.

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