BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man wanted in connection to an armed robbery at a Berea business last month was arrested on I-75 in Madison County on Monday, according to Berea Police.
On July 29, 2017, a man wearing a mask and carrying a firearm went into the Cash Express on Mini Mall Drive, ordered the female employee to the back of the building where he used black tape to tie her to a chair while he stole cash out of the registers and left through the back door, according to police.
More than a week later, Berea Police received information from State Police in Richmond about a suspect vehicle in an armed robbery KSP was working, that had just occurred.
The vehicle was located on Paint Lick Road and eventually pulled over on I-75. Investigators say evidence was found that connected the driver to the Cash Express armed robbery. That’s when 46-year old Donald VanWinkle, of Berea, was arrested and charged with Robbery 1st Degree and Kidnapping, according to police.
On August 9, 2017, VanWinkle was also charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Drug Paraphernalia Possession after a search warrant was executed at his home, according to Berea Police.
He was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.