LAGRANGE, Ga — Two men are in jail connected to two Commercial Bank and Trust robberies — one in LaGrange and a second in Hogansville.
A LaGrange Police press release says Marcus Ward of Atlanta and William Everett of Louisville, Kentucky were taken to Troup County Jail on October 7 — the same day of a bank robbery at 2092 West Point Road.
The release says officers were called to Commercial Bank and Trust at 2:34 p.m. An employee there told officers a middle aged black man wearing a black and white striped shirt, dark pants, sunglasses, and a hat came into the bank and asked about opening an account.
The teller says the man then took out a gun and forced employees to the floor so he could rob the teller line.
After the man escaped the bank, police released photos to all law enforcement agencies in the area.
The release says at that point, LaGrange police recognized the similarities between that day’s suspect and another man seen on surveillance video robbing the Commercial Bank and Trust in Hogansville on Monday, October 3. Police say the car used in the getaway was also similar to the one used in Hogansville.
The Hogansville Police Department says after getting information from LaGrange, officers spotted the suspicious car driving north on Interstate 85 at around 3 p.m.
Hogansville officers stopped the car near exit 28 and say they immediately recognized the passenger, William Everett, as the robbery suspect. LaGrange police also responded to the scene and confirmed the man was also their bank robbery suspect.
Evidence of the bank robberies was taken from the car, according to the press release.
Everett faces charges for one count of armed robbery, four counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
The car’s driver, Marcus Ward, is charged with one count of armed robbery.
Both suspects are still in Troup County Jail as of Thursday morning.
News 3 has not yet confirmed their court dates.