VA: Hagerstown Bank Robbery Suspects Certified to Grand Jury


BERRYVILLE, Va. - The case against four robbery suspects is headed before a Clarke County grand jury.

Curtis Briggs, Melissa Degrange, Willie Johnson and Crystal Marcum are accused of robbing $1,200 the BB&T Bank in Berryville on May 23. All four individuals were charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

All four appeared in court together, alongside their respective attorneys. Johnson, who is represented by Winchester attorney Christopher Collins, waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Testimonies during the preliminary hearing revealed more details of the case.

Bank employees testified that Degrange and Johnson robbed the bank, which happens to be across the street from the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.

Another witness, who called in the suspects to police after seeing a surveillance image on local media outlets, said the four suspects brought in a car for servicing the day before the robbery. Officials believe this car was the getaway vehicle used in the robbery.

Investigators also testified that Degrange and Johnson robbed the bank. However, according to their police interviews, Degrange and Johnson robbed the bank because they were intimidated by Briggs, who had a gun.

Testimonies also revealed that Degrange turned herself into police shortly after the robbery.

The judge found enough probably cause in the case, and certified all charges to a grand jury.

All parties are schedule to meet back in a Clarke County Circuit Court on October 20, 2014. 

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