Suspect in 3 Bank Robberies Arrested in Youngstown

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Youngstown, OH – This afternoon, members of the Northern Ohio
Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) along with the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) and the Austintown Police Department arrested James
Verdream, 56. Verdream was wanted by the U.S. Marshals for
violating the terms of his supervised release. Verdream was released in
November 2021 from the Bureau of Prisons after serving time for two bank
robberies. It is alleged that on May 3, 2022, Verdream robbed
the PNC Bank located at 4949 Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown. Later in the
day, Verdream robbed a bank in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. This triggered
additional warrants to be issued by the FBI for bank robbery.
Additionally, it is believed that Verdream robbed a third bank yesterday
in Girard, Ohio.Officers were called to a bank in Youngstown,
Ohio this afternoon after the vehicle Verdream was known to drive was
seen in the area. Officers followed the vehicle and eventually attempted
to stop the car on Rt. 11 in Austintown. Verdream led officers in a
short pursuit in the vehicle and then attempted to flee on foot. He was
apprehended without further incident. Verdream will be booked
into federal custody until he can be seen by a Judge for the pending
charges against him. U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “A
suspect like this is a menace to our communities, and I am pleased to
see such quick work by all law enforcement officers involved to bring
this to a safe ending.”Anyone with information concerning any
wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task
Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833), or you can send a
web tip. Reward money is
available and tipsters may remain anonymous.The NOVFTF
Youngstown Division consists of the following federal, state and local
agencies: Boardman Township Police Department, Campbell Police
Department, Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty Township Police
Department, Lordstown Village Police Department, Mahoning County
Sheriff’s Office, Mercy Health Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole
Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Salem Police Department, Trumbull
County Adult Probation Department, Warren Police Department, Youngstown
Police Department, and United States Marshals Service.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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