WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - State Police captured a fugitive bank robbery suspect wanted by the FBI Wednesday night in West Springfield.
According to a State Police news release sent to 22News, on Wednesday evening, Trooper Paul Aten stopped a car for having an expired registration on Route 20 in West Springfield.
The driver, Brandon Payne, is currently wanted by the FBI in Alabama for armed bank-robbery. According to state police, Payne tried to give the trooper a false name, and when that didn't work, he fled down the street.
Several police officers followed Payne, who ran into a CVS Pharmacy. State Police surrounded the drugstore and caught up with Payne when he tried to run out, putting him under arrest.
Several cruisers from the Springfield State Police Barracks arrived to assist, including the B Troop Community Action Team and officers from the West Springfield Police Department.
Brandon Payne is wanted for his alleged involvement in an armed take-over style bank robbery in Valley Grande, Alabama, on September 13, 2007.
Payne was allegedly the getaway driver for three robbers who stormed a Peoples Bank and Trust at approximately 10:14 am. The robbers showed weapons and obtained several thousands of dollars. The robbers were apprehended and subsequently pled guilty to the crime. The three robbers are currently serving time in prison.
The FBI was offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the location and arrest of Brandon Payne.
Payne is currently being held on a fugitive from justice charge with additional charges to follow from his arrest. He is expected to be arraigned in Springfield District Court Thursday morning.