Robbery suspect apprehended

Published 4:27 pm Thursday, December 21, 2017

A 21-year-old Prospect man was arrested Thursday at approximately 6:05 p.m. in connection to a reported robbery at BB&T Bank, located at 1304 S. Main St. in Farmville, which occurred earlier in the day.  Malik Allen Cooper has been charged with robbery and grand larceny and is currently being held without bond at Piedmont Regional Jail.

Malik Allen Cooper

“Upon arrival, bank personnel advised that a customer had presented a note saying he was armed and demanding money,” police said. “After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect calmly walked out of the bank. He did not display a weapon and there were no injuries.”

According to police, there were other customers in the bank at the time, but they were unaware that a robbery was taking place. Police said following the robbery, detectives quickly developed Cooper as a possible suspect.

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“At approximately 6:05 p.m., Cooper was located and arrested without incident at his residence in Prince Edward County by members of the Prince Edward Sheriff’s Office, the Farmville Police Department, and the Virginia State Police,” Police said. “Multiple items of evidence were also recovered from Cooper, including a large amount of cash.”

According to a press release, the Farmville Police Department was also assisted by the Longwood University Police Department and “appreciates all the assistance received from our other law enforcement partners.”