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Betsy C. Jividen

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March 12, 2010


Pennsylvania Resident Arrested for
WesBanco Bank Robbery

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 29 year old Brownsville, Pennsylvania, resident was arrested today (March 12, 2010) for the August bank robbery of the Wheeling Island WesBanco.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that PATRICK ZACHARY ZETKA was arrested by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the August 11, 2009, robbery at the WesBanco branch at 141 Zane Street, Wheeling, West Virginia. After lunging up onto the teller’s counter, ZETKA took $4,250 in United States currency from the teller’s drawer before running from the bank. A sweatshirt and hat found on the riverbank later that day were positively identified by witnesses, and the sweatshirt had ink marks on the sleeve where a second teller had jabbed the robber with an ink pen while he was reaching into the money drawer. A report was issued by the West Virginia State Police Crime Lab stating that the sweatshirt and hat submitted by the police following the robbery contained DNA evidence and that a match had been made to a convicted offender from Pennsylvania named PATRICK ZETKA.

ZETKA appeared before Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert today for his initial appearance and a detention hearing and was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending a detention hearing to be held next week.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Wheeling Police Department.

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