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Accused Bank Robber Now Charged With Three Other Bank Heists

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Sheriff's deputies pulled over the suspect on Memorial Parkway near Clinton Avenue in Huntsville. (Photo: WHNT News 19/Jack's Camera Network)

Sheriff’s deputies pulled over the suspect on Memorial Parkway near Clinton Avenue in Huntsville. (Photo: WHNT News 19/Jack’s Camera Network)

Morgan County, Ala. (WHNT) -A man who deputies say robbed a bank in Lacey's Spring on Wednesday has now been charged with three other bank holdups.   Joe Guthrie, 37, is now charged with robberies to two banks in Eva and one in Somerville.

Guthrie was arrested Wednesday after a wild chase that went over the Tennessee River and into downtown Huntsville.

Investigators with the Morgan County Sheriff's Office said Guthrie held up Peoples Bank in Lacey's Spring around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses said Guthrie was wearing a ski mask and brandished a semi-automatic pistol to bank tellers before taking off with an undisclosed amount of cash. He then fled north in a red pickup truck.

Officers spotted the alleged robber heading into Huntsville a few minutes later, and were able to disable the truck with a spike strip just south of the Clinton Avenue exit on Memorial Parkway. Authorities said Guthrie then surrendered without incident and was immediately taken to jail.

Morgan County Sheriff's Investigator Chad Smith was already in Huntsville on unrelated business, and helped capture the suspect.

"I was just at the right place at the right time," said Smith. "I pulled over on the side of the road and waited for the vehicle to go by, and followed behind the vehicle in my unmarked unit. I had our dispatch contact the Huntsville Police Department to offer assistance in the takedown."

Guthrie is being held in the Morgan County Jail on an $800,000 bond.