Suspect in Maryland bank robbery arrested at Columbia County Jail

Sheriff’s Office Arrests Bank Robbery Suspect

Greenport, NY- Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that Sheriff’s Investigators arrested 44 year old Christi Diane Slade of no permanent address on Fugitive From Justice charges stemming from a bank robbery that occurred in the State of Maryland.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office located in the State of Maryland, contacted the Criminal Investigative Branch of the Sheriff’s Office early in the day on June 22nd, 2017 and requested assistance with a bank robbery case that occurred within their jurisdiction on June 20th, 2017. During the course of the Washington County Investigation they were able to name Christi Diane Slade as a suspect in the robbery and in fact issued a warrant for her arrest on robbery and theft charges. Washington County Detectives had reason to believe that Ms Slade may have either visited or will visit an inmate in the Columbia County Jail and requested assistance in locating and arresting her. On June 22, 2017 at approximately 2:05pm, Ms Slade was apprehended by Columbia County Investigators while at the Columbia County Public Safety Facility without incident. Investigators were also able to locate a vehicle that was believed to have been used in the commission of the robbery and impounded it on behalf of Washington County.

On June 26th, 2017, Detectives from Washington County Sheriff’s Office travelled to Columbia County to further investigate the robbery case. In conjunction with Columbia County Investigators a search warrant was obtained and executed on the vehicle in question with proceeds from the robbery being recovered. The search warrant was signed by the Honorable Judge Richard Koweek of the Columbia County Court. Ms Slade was interviewed by investigators and made admissions not only as to her involvement in the robbery in Maryland, but also to a recent bank robbery that occurred in the State of Georgia. Both Agencies have been in contact with Georgia Officials and a

warrant of arrest has been issued for Ms. Slade by the Banks County Georgia Sheriff’s Office.

Investigating from the Sheriff’s Office was Senior Investigator Kevin Skype and Investigators Brahm, Logue, Anderson and Dunspaugh. Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka’s Office also assisted in the case.

On the date of arrest Ms. Slade was charged with being a Fugitive From Justice and was arraigned before the Honorable Judge Michael Brandon in the Town of Claverack Court and was remanded to the Columbia County jail on no bail. She is to be back in court on a later date for extradition proceedings.

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