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Acting on a tip, federal marshals in Greenville, S.C., on Monday captured a Pennsylvania man wanted for the March 13 bank robbery of the SunTrust Bank in Frederick.

A South Carolina judge ordered James Raymond Vanwinkle, 36, held without bail, pending an extradition hearing for his return to Maryland. No hearing had been scheduled as of Tuesday.

The U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force along with Greenville police followed up on information that Vanwinkle was 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.

Federal marshals in the Washington, D.C., Capital Area Regional Task Force learned Vanwinkle was hiding in the Greenville area on Monday, Leslie said. They requested federal marshals in South Carolina to assist in the manhunt.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank our law-enforcement partners locally and in Maryland. Because of their efforts, Mr. Vanwinkle is off the streets and going to face justice for his alleged crimes,” said U.S. Marshal Kelvin Washington of the federal District of South Carolina.

Meanwhile, Frederick police have been searching for a second man who was in the car at the time of the robbery.

Police have not yet identified the second man and still want to find him to question him about the robbery, Frederick Police Lt. Clark Pennington said.

The robbery occurred about 3:23 p.m. 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 Md. 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.

Frederick detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division were able to determine that the driver, who is also the owner of the car, was a suspect in the robbery, police said.

The day after the robber eluded capture, Frederick police announced that an arrest warrant had been issued for Vanwinkle.

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

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