2 arrested in Opelika credit union robbery

Two men face charges after Opelika, Ala. police arrested them Friday on accusations they robbed a credit union, authorities said.

Tanearus M. Collins, 23, and Dontaveus Amon Collins, 20, both of Opelika, were arrested Friday afternoon on accusations they robbed the East Alabama Community Federal Credit Union, 509 E. Thomason Circle, Opelika Police Capt. Bruce DeLong said.

According to DeLong, two suspects entered the bank about 2:40 p.m. CDT Friday armed with handguns. They ordered the tellers to get on the floor. The men then jumped the counter, grabbed an undetermined amount of cash and ran from the credit union.

No one was hurt in the robbery, and witnesses gave police descriptions of the suspects. Those descriptions were sent to law enforcement in the area, DeLong said.

Lee County sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle shortly afterward on Marvyn Parkway, near Interstate 85, for a traffic violation. Two people in the vehicle matched the robbery suspects’ description. One of them was detained but the other ran from the area. The second suspect was caught after a short chase, DeLong said.

“Officers recovered handguns, cash and other items of evidence from the vehicle that are believed to have been used in the robbery,” DeLong added.

After being questioned, both suspects were charged with first-degree robbery, the captain said.