Marietta Man Charged with Robbing Six Area Banks at Gunpoint
ATLANTA - Kevin Ray Williamson, has been arraigned on federal armed bank robbery charges relating to a series of bank robberies that began on February 4, 2016, and continued until September 8, 2016. Williamson was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 25, 2016.
“Williamson is alleged to have committed a series of armed bank robberies that kept bank employees and citizens on edge for over eight months,” said U. S. Attorney John Horn. “The arrest and indictment in this case put an end to an active, eight-month crime spree, and hopefully returned a sense of safety to the community in Marietta, where most of the robberies occurred.”
“The FBI is proud of the outstanding work of its many agents, task force officers, and analytical personnel in getting the person believed to be responsible for these armed serial bank robberies identified and safely apprehended. These robberies were particularly egregious in that many of the victim tellers had to endure having a handgun pointed directly at them. The FBI will continue to make those who bring this type of violent crime into our communities a priority matter,” said George Crouch, Acting Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office.
According to U.S. Attorney Horn, the charges, and other information presented in court: On February 4, 2016, Williamson entered a Fifth Third Bank located in Marietta, Georgia. Williamson is alleged to have pointed a handgun at a bank teller and demanded money from her cash drawer. Bank surveillance video captured the robbery and showed Williamson carrying a messenger/computer type bag in which the demanded U.S. currency was placed.
- On April 1, 2016, Williamson is alleged to have entered a Regions Bank in Marietta, Georgia, while armed with a handgun. Williamson approached the bank’s counter and pointed his handgun at the teller, opened his messenger bag and demanded cash. The teller complied with Williamson’s demands and handed cash to him.
- The surveillance photographs from the bank security system show that the person who robbed the Regions Bank was the same person who robbed the Fifth Third Bank in February, 2016.
- On May 25, 2016, Williamson is alleged to have entered a BB&T Bank in Marietta, Georgia. Williamson approached a bank teller, displayed a black handgun, and demanded cash. The teller complied with the robber’s demands and gave cash to Williamson. This robbery was also captured on surveillance video.
- On July 13, 2016, Williamson is alleged to have entered a PNC Bank in Marietta, Georgia. Bank surveillance images show that as in the other robberies, Williamson was carrying a messenger/computer type bag and approached a bank teller, opened the bag and pointed a black handgun. The teller complied with Williamson’s demands and gave him cash.
- On August 22, 2016, Williamson is alleged to have entered Fidelity Bank located in Atlanta, Georgia. Inside the bank, the robber pointed a gun at a teller, stated that he was robbing the bank and demanded money. The teller complied and gave Williamson cash.
- On September 8, 2016, Williamson is alleged to have entered Renasant Bank located in Johns Creek, Georgia. He displayed a handgun and demanded money from several drawers.
Kevin Ray Williamson, 51, of Marietta, Georgia, was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Janet F. King on October 26, 2016. Williamson was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 25, 2016.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant United States Attorney Suzette A. Smikle is prosecuting the case.
For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.