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Connellsville man arrested, charged with robbing Springfield bank

| Sunday, March 31, 2013, 9:50 p.m.

A Fayette County man was jailed Thursday, charged with robbing a Springfield bank.

James Anthony Shroyer, 51, of Connellsville also drew charges of aggravated assault for allegedly ramming a police vehicle in a failed escape attempt.

Shroyer stole a car in Connellsville from Jesse Powell at 1:06 p.m. Thursday, state police said.

Shroyer allegedly drove Powell's green Chevrolet Cavalier to the First National Bank at 2066 Indian Head Road and entered the building, concealing his face.

Shroyer concealed something in his hand, pointed it at a female teller and demanded money, police said.

After being handed an undisclosed amount of cash, Shroyer dropped the money bag as he ran to the vehicle, police said.

A bank employee who was outside at the time provided police with the vehicle's license plate number.

Troopers spotting the car southbound on Route 711 began a pursuit, traveling on several dirt roads before Shroyer reportedly rammed a police car and crashed.

Shroyer was transported to the Uniontown state police barracks where, police say, he confessed to stealing the car and robbing the bank.

Additional charges include simple assault, theft, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding and driving while under suspension.

Shroyer was arraigned before District Judge Mike Defino and placed in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Defino on Thursday.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com.

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