ATM Solutions Robbery Adds a Kidnapping: Relatives of Suspect Held for Ransom
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ATM Solutions Robbery Adds a Kidnapping: Relatives of Suspect Held for
RansomBy Chad Garrison, Wed., Nov. 24 2010 @ 2:58PM Categories: Crime,
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A record heist. A jail break. And now a kidnapping? Who says sequels
are never as good as the original?
The FBI announced today that two teenage girls believed to be related
to one of the suspects in August's multi-million robbery of ATM
Solutions were kidnapped and held for ransom this week.
Four heavily-armed men abducted the girls -- age 13 and 16 -- from a
home in north St. Louis County around 4 p.m. Sunday. By Monday night,
agents with the FBI and St. Louis city and county police departments
were able to rescue the girls from separate locations, without paying
the demanded ransom.
Shortly after the girls were rescued Monday, a man believed to be one
of the kidnappers raided an apartment in north St. Louis County and
forced three women to drive him into the city where he met an
acquaintance. The women were then released uninjured.
The FBI describes all the kidnappers as black males in their mid-20s.
During the course of the kidnapping investigation, the FBI says it
arrested 32-year-old James Wright of St. Louis on an outstanding
warrant related to the ATM Solutions robbery. The U.S. Attorney's
Office has charged him with interstate transportation of stolen
With Wright's arrest, police have now detained four people in
connection to the August 2 heist in which robbers may have gotten away
with as much as $11 million.
John Wesley Jones was arrested a day after the robbery driving his
Dodge Charger near the location where thieves abandoned an armed car
stolen during the heist. After a brief car chase, Jones was captured
with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash in the trunk of his car.
On November 15 Jones escaped from jail in Lincoln County, Missouri.
Two days later he was found hiding in an attic in metro East St.
Latunya Wright (described as Jones' girlfriend) and Annkesha Welch
were arrested in October and charged with transporting the stolen loot
from St. Louis to Atlanta.
The FBI reminds the public that ATM Solutions is offering a $150,000
reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of
suspects in the August 2 robbery and recovery of the money. Tipsters
can call the FBI at (314) 589-2500.
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