Columbus police have arrested a man in connection with the robbery of a Regions Bank this afternoon, authorities said.
Charles E. Yater Jr., 52, faces charges in the robbery of the bank at 201 13th St., an FBI agent said.
According to the FBI, the suspect entered the bank around 2 p.m., wrote a note demanding cash and presented it to a teller. The suspect gestured as if he had a weapon, the teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and he then walked out of the bank.
Columbus police took Yater into custody without incident shortly afterward about a mile north of the bank in the parking lot of the Salvation Army, the agent said.
No weapon was found on the suspect when officers arrested him. All of the money was recovered, authorities added.
Rebecca Stowe, an area marketing manager with Regions, said no one was hurt in the robbery.
“All of our associates are fine and our customers,” she added. “That is always our number one concern.”
Stowe said the branch is fully equipped with video security.
At least two police cars were at the scene with lights on and a number of uniformed officers were inside the building talking to employees at 2:30 p.m. A large poster in the drive-thru window states the branch is closed.
Yater faces one count of robbery. His Columbus Recorder’s Court hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.