Fugitive wanted in Garrett County nabbed

February 20, 2010|By Cumberland Times News

A New York man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Oakland and scheduled to be featured Saturday on "America's Most Wanted" was arrested without incident Wednesday evening near Buckhannon, W.Va., according to the Garrett County Sheriff's Office.

Gary Ross LaTray, 51, of Syracuse, was arrested by West Virginia State Police as he slept at the home of a woman he had been living with in Sago, located about seven miles south of Buckhannon. He was arrested after authorities received an anonymous tip on his whereabouts.

Following his arrest on warrants out of Rockingham County, Va., where he allegedly robbed the Sun Trust Bank in Harrisonburg, Va., on Dec. 1, LaTray was jailed at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in Belington on $500,000 bond.

Less than two weeks before the incident in Harrisonburg, LaTray allegedly robbed the Shoe Show Store in Oakland where police said he demanded money after presenting a package that he said contained a bomb. The incident forced evacuation of the store and other businesses at the Walmart Plaza at 13164 Garrett Highway. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Bomb Squad determined the package did not contain an explosive device.

Following investigation by the Garrett County Sheriff's Office, a warrant was issued for LaTray's arrest.

The Garrett County robbery was one of several allegedly committed by LaTray, including the Nov. 13 robbery of the F&M Bank in East Franklin, Pa; the Nov. 19 robbery of the Factory Card Outlet in St. Clairesville, Ohio, and the Dec. 30 robbery of the Peoples Bank in Belpre, Ohio. In each incident, LaTray allegedly displayed a package that he said contained a bomb and then demanded money. Police said he usually threatened to blow it up with use of a cell phone.

LaTray had spent 18 years in prison until 2006 for the $2.9 million robbery of an armored car depot in the town of DeWitt in upstate New York. LaTray and an accomplice drove a U-Haul truck through a door of the depot and then pistol-whipped two guards. LaTray and Timothy DeMarc were arrested six days later, according to the "America's Most Wanted" Web site.

LaTray's arrest Wednesday occurred just a few days before he was to be featured on "America's Most Wanted." The segment will not air since LaTray is now in custody.

The Garrett County Sheriff's Office said LaTray had been living in the Buckhannon area since late November.

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