South Bend man arrested in connection with Bristol bank robbery

Zamale Davis, 19, was arrested following an investigation by the FBI and Bristol Police. 

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 5:21 p.m.

BRISTOL — A South Bend man was arrested Friday, April 18, in connection with a bank robbery that happened in August 2013 in Bristol. 

Zamale Davis, 19, was arrested by the FBI and U.S. Marshal's service at 7:10 a.m. in South Bend, in connection with the robbery at Key Bank, 121 E. Vistula St., on Aug. 7, 2013. 

The Bristol Police Department and the FBI collaborated on the case. 

Davis was the second person arrested in the case. Darius Witherspoon was arrested Aug. 20, 2013, during a search warrant at his home in South Bend, according to the probable cause affidavit filed in federal court.

Witherspoon was charged with bank robbery, carrying a gun during an act of violence, and aiding and abetting the making of a false statement during the acquisition of a firearm. 

According to the affidavit, Witherspoon carjacked a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer the morning of Aug. 7. He and another suspect went later to Key Bank on East Vistula Street and took more than $50,000 from the bank.

Witnesses described the suspects as two black men wearing black clothes, blue work gloves and identical Sen. John McCain Halloween masks. Both suspects were brandishing semi-automatic handguns.

Minutes after the robbery, police found the vehicle used in the robbery about half a mile from the bank. The interior of the vehicle was drenched in gasoline, but the vehicle was never ignited.

Police found a cell phone about 10 feet from the car, and after obtaining a search warrant, examined the phone's contents. 

One of the photographs in the phone was of a handgun, from which police were able to read the serial number and were able track it down to a person who knew Witherspoon. 

Davis is booked at the St. Joseph County Jail.

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