The man who allegedly robbed the First Citizens Bank inside of Ingles Wednesday morning was arrested Friday.
Madison County Sheriff Kip Thomas said James Edward Lawson, 46, Athens, has been charged with armed robbery. He was arrested at a hotel in Claxton by the Claxton Police Department and the Evans County Sheriff’s Department.
Lawson is being transported back to Madison County today.
Thomas said that two people recognized the surveillance photo of Lawson that was posted on local media sites and contacted the sheriff’s department with Lawson’s identity.
The sheriff said it’s a relief to have the alleged bank robber in custody. He noted that it’s stressful for bank employees when a bank robber is on the loose.
“It takes a lot of stress off everyone,” said Thomas. “Everyone gets a little on edge.”