Couple sought as suspects in robbery

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. – The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department filed arrest warrants in county magistrate court on Friday against two people wanted in connection with Tuesday’s robbery of the Hancock County Savings Bank in New Cumberland.

Neither suspect, identified as Russell Frederick Culbreth, 34, and his girlfriend, Neredia Jade Marie Ferrer, 19, showed a listed address, but they do have Hancock County connections, Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said.

Investigators with the sheriff’s office and the New Cumberland Police Department identified the suspects, who remain at large, after chasing down numerous leads from witnesses, Fletcher said.

“A lot of shoe leather,” he said. “These young men on our department haven’t had any sleep in the last 24 hours.”

Culbreth, a convicted felon from a previous robbery in South Carolina, faces a charge of bank robbery in Hancock County. Ferrer faces a charge of being an accessory to bank robbery.

Fletcher would not comment on the level of Ferrer’s involvement in the robbery.

The outlaw couple are believed to be driving a 1999 black, two-door Pontiac Grand Am with the West Virginia license plate 3TF250, he said. The car has a faded vinyl covering stretched over the front and a loud exhaust.

Fletcher said assistance from the public has been crucial in the investigation, which is ongoing. Officers have been following up on tips received from the public after surveillance pictures and information were released through the news media earlier in the week.

The bank branch was robbed shortly before noon Tuesday when a man wearing a yellow T-shirt over a black hoodie walked in and showed a note demanding money. He escaped on foot and then in a dark car last seen heading south on Blackhorse Road on the south side of New Cumberland.

Fletcher said people recognized the man in the surveillance footage, including his clothing and the way he walked. “As the same name continued to pop up, then we started running down known friends and family,” he said.

“Our guys did an excellent job, and we thank the public for their help as well,” Fletcher said. “We will extradite these two individuals back here to face these charges.”

Culbreth and Ferrer are believed to be on the run and out of state, he said.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts should contact the sheriff’s department at 304-564-3911 or the New Cumberland Police Department at 304-564-3383.