Troy man arrested by FBI

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Troy man is in custody after being indicted by a federal grand jury for the armed robbery of a Lowndes County bank in 2013.

Shamyer Suddith, 34, of Troy, was arrested Thursday. The federal indictment says Suddith and an accomplice robbed the BancorpSouth Inc. branch in Lowndes County in October 2013, taking $12,000 in the process. Suddith also was charged with using a firearm while committing a crime of violence.

Suddith was arrested with assistance from the Pike County Sheriff’s Department according to information released by the US Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Alabama.

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“The FBI had a warrant on him, and we assisted in locating him,” said Pike County Sherrif Russell Thomas said. “We helped get him into custody on Thursday.”

Troy Police Department also assisted in the investigation, and Lt. Bryan Weed, spokesperson, said several months ago officers had assisted federal agents in serving a search warrant on a Montgomery Street residence.

“They came down a while back, six months to a year ago, and we assisted in executing a search warrant on a member of Suddith’s family’s residence,” Weed said. “When agents picked him up last Thursday, they came by the station and requested to borrow some of our facilities, however we did not have anything to do with the arrest.”

Suddith faces up to 20 years in federal prison for the bank robbery and an additional sentence of at least seven years for using a firearm in the course of the crime.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force with help from the Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office, the Troy Police Department, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and the Londes County Sheriff’s office. Assistant US Attorney Jonathan Ross is prosecuting the case.