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Valdosta bank robbery suspect identified

Charlie Smith (Source: Lowndes Sheriff) Charlie Smith (Source: Lowndes Sheriff)
The suspect was charged with armed robbery (Source: WALB) The suspect was charged with armed robbery (Source: WALB)
The robber attracted the attention of a nearby citizen (Source: WALB) The robber attracted the attention of a nearby citizen (Source: WALB)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The man police charged with robbing the Southwest Georgia Bank in Valdosta bank Friday afternoon was captured just minutes after the stick up, thanks to a good citizen's help.

Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress says Charlie Smith entered the bank and demanded money. The employees obeyed Smith’s demands and he left with an undisclosed amount of cash.  

He was arrested just minutes after robbing the Southwest Georgia Bank on North Valdosta Road about 4 p.m. on Friday.  

The Chief said after robbing the bank, Smith sped off, attracting the attention of a good citizen who called 9-1-1 with the tag number and description of the car.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also responded and will consider additional federal charges as well.

A Valdosta police officer and Lowndes County sheriff's deputy stopped the car a few blocks away, and took him into custody. Chief Childress said bank surveillance video confirmed him as the armed robber.

"The Valdosta Police Department would like commend the efforts by the witnesses to this incident in having the courage to keep calm and relay the necessary information to the emergency dispatcher. VPD is also grateful for the support of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this incident," said Lieutenant Adam Bembry of VPD.

Police say six people were in the bank during the robbery, and no one was hurt.

Chief Childress said Smith is a local man, who had left the area for a while, and recently returned to Valdosta.

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