Digital Journal on December 11, 2011 released the following:
“Dangerous fugitive wanted by FBI arrested in Montreal
By Arthur Weinreb
Montreal – An American fugitive, described as armed and dangerous by the FBI, was arrested without incident while standing on a street corner in downtown Montreal.
James Louis Whittlesey, 51, was arrested in Montreal around 8 a.m. this morning. According to Montreal police, the fugitive was taken into custody by a tactical unit, without incident, at a street corner. The arrest was made after information from the FBI and RCMP indicated Whittlesey might be in Montreal.
Jacqueline Roby, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) said authorities had been looking for Whittlesey in Montreal since Wednesday, Roby told CTV that the fugitive was handed over to the CBSA around noon today. Once it is determined he is not wanted for a crime in Canada, he will be free to voluntarily return to the United States or to be extradited to the United States if the U.S. applies to have him brought back.
Whittlesey was sought after a local bank in Winchester, Virginia, was robbed on Oct. 14. According to the FBI, Whittlesey allegedly displayed a weapon during the course of the robbery. He is also accused of firing at officers from the Winchester Police Department as they responded to the robbery in progress.
The officers returned fire. On Dec. 7, the Winchester Police Department completed a review [PDF] of the incident. Not only did they find their officers acted properly but that “the officers acted with bravery and professionalism and their actions led to the swift identification of the suspect.”
Whittlesey faces three counts of robbery, one count of attempted homicide on a law enforcement officer and one court of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. In addition to these state charges, a warrant was issued for his arrest by the United States District Court, Western District of Virginia, on Oct. 20. He is wanted on a federal charge of aggravated bank robbery.
Whittlesey is believed to have committed three other robberies in central Pennsylvania and one in Delaware.”
Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
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