ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former convict identified who authorities say is a suspect in a deadly southern Illinois bank robbery has been charged with a related weapons count.
Federal prosecutors charged 29-year-old James Watts of Cairo on Friday with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The region’s U.S. Attorney’s Office says Watts was arrested Thursday on a railroad trestle in Cairo hours after a First National Bank branch in that city was robbed. Authorities say two bank employees were killed and a third employee was critically injured.
Prosecutors allege Watts led police on a chase while driving a vehicle that belonged to one of the bank workers.
Watts is in custody and wasn’t immediately accused of the holdup.
A message left with his court-appointed public defender wasn’t returned.