The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 6, 2014

Bluefield woman arraigned on armed bank robbery charges

A woman who attempted to rob a Bluefield bank at gunpoint was arraigned Tuesday on armed bank robbery charges.

Beverly Mangum, 51, of Bluefield, who was captured during an unrelated home invasion investigation in Tennessee, appeared before Mercer County Magistrate Susan Honaker to be arraigned on the West Virginia charges.

Honaker set bond for Mangum at $200,000 cash only. If convicted on the armed bank robbery charge, Honaker said Mangum could face a prison sentence of 10 to 25 years.

Mangum is charged in connection with the attempted April 12 armed robbery of First Century Bank on College Avenue in Bluefield.

During the hearing, Mangum told the court she was “sorry.”

The woman, whose image was caught on a bank security camera, entered the bank, approached the counter, and gave a bank teller a note demanding money. The note indicated if the clerk did not comply she would fire her weapon. The suspect also brandished a handgun, according to an earlier report by Adams.

The bank teller, who was attempting to comply with the orders, dropped some change in the floor and hit a panic alarm button as she bent over to pick up the change. Adams said the suspect then began to get nervous and fled the bank without any money.

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