Authorities: Bank robber escapes with 3-year-old in getaway car

SMYRNA, Ga. – Local and federal authorities arrested one man and continue to look for a second in connection with the Thursday robbery of a Smyrna bank.

Police say a black man with a handgun entered the Regions Bank on Concord Road and demanded money. He left with “a large sum of cash” and fled the scene in a grey Dodge Avenger along with a second man and a 3-year-old girl in the back seat, the FBI said.

Smyrna police stopped the car a few miles away after the three fled south along South Cobb Drive. However, officers only found the driver, identified as 35-year-old Cornell Brumfield, and the 3-year-old girl in the car.
So, police had the car towed to the Smyrna Police Department. As a wrecker crew dropped off the car, the second man – identified as 35-year-old Ron Darnell Sterling – jumped from the trunk and fled, according to authorities.

Brumfield is currently in federal custody, and police continue to look for Sterling, a 5-foot, 6-inch tall black man who weighs approximately 140 pounds. Authorities believe the Tylertown, Miss., man remains in the Metro Atlanta area. He faces an armed robbery charge.

Anyone with information about Sterling is urged to call the Smyrna Police Department at (770) 434-9481.

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