Washington County suspect set to plead guilty in bank robberies
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The female half of a modern-day Bonnie & Clyde bank robbery team is prepared to plead guilty to helping her boyfriend pull off multiple heists two years ago in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Jessica Crawford, 32, of Marianna in Washington County has indicated she will enter a plea Friday in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg, W.Va.
Federal prosecutors say Ms. Crawford helped Rudolph Haladyna, 36, of Clarksville in Greene County rob banks in Morgantown and Weirton -- both in West Virginia -- and acted as his getaway driver.
Mr. Haladyna robbed five banks in all and is serving 20 years at the federal prison outside Scranton.
Ms. Crawford is charged with two counts of bank robbery and a count of conspiracy to commit bank robberies.
Mr. Haladyna robbed the same bank twice on two occasions in Pennsylvania, with Ms. Crawford as his driver in three of them, according to the FBI.
The string of robberies started Sept. 13, when Mr. Haladyna robbed the Charleroi Federal Savings Bank in Bentleyville, Washington County, wearing a black mask and carrying a revolver. He also was wearing a white latex glove on his gun hand, witnesses said. He ordered everyone to the ground and made off with $5,119. The FBI said Ms. Crawford was the getaway driver.
He next robbed the PNC branch in Redstone, Fayette County, on Oct. 14 and Oct. 29, with Ms. Crawford driving him away both times, the FBI said.
The pair next held up a Huntington Bank in Morgantown on Nov. 23 and then a United Bank in Weirton on Dec. 3.
But police and the FBI were onto them. A witness had provided a partial license plate number of the car and picked Mr. Haladyna out of a lineup.
On Dec. 8, police obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Haladyna for outstanding traffic violations and a court order to place a tracking device on his mother's car, which he was believed to be using.
On Dec. 9, the pair was captured on a surveillance video buying a ski mask at a Walmart, and police watched as they drove to Wheeling to case a credit union. They didn't rob it because a marked police cruiser was in the parking lot.
The next day, police watched as they cased banks in West Virginia, then drove north into Pennsylvania. Mr. Haladyna pulled off at Mount Morris, cased a bank, and then continued on 79 north for 30 miles until state troopers pulled the car over near Washington.
Inside, they found a gun and a mask. Mr. Haladyna was also carrying a latex glove in his pocket.
First Published November 29, 2012 12:00 am