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Frederick police detectives transported bank robbery suspect James Raymond Vanwinkle back to Maryland Monday to face charges for the March 13 robbery of the SunTrust Bank in Frederick, city police said.

Vanwinkle, 36, of Green Castle, Pa., is being held at the Frederick County Detention Center without bail.

In addition to the robbery charges, Vanwinkle is also charged with failure to stop for police, fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving and negligent driving, police said.

Detectives arrived in Greenville, S.C., on Sunday and drove him back Monday, said Lt. Clark Pennington, a spokesman for the Frederick Police Department.

Vanwinkle did not cause any problems on the trip, Pennington said.

The robbery occurred about 3:23 p.m. March 13 at the SunTrust Bank at 1700 Rosemont Ave., when a man handed a teller a note demanding money, police said.

A police officer spotted a car described as the suspect’s near West 7th Street and U.S. 15, police said. When police attempted to stop the driver, the suspect led police on a chase through Frederick.

A Maryland State Police helicopter joined the search, circling over downtown. The suspect and passenger bailed out of the car behind the Black Hog BBQ & Bar on Market Street.

Despite a large number of Frederick police officers, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers involved in the chase, the robbery suspect and the passenger in his car disappeared.

Acting on a tip on March 25, the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force along with Greenville police found Vanwinkle in a house on the 400 block of North Main Street in Greenville, Deputy U.S. Marshal Douglas Leslie said.

Vanwinkle was arrested without incident, and no one else was arrested with him, Leslie said.

According to online court records, his preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 2. No attorney information was yet listed.

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