Airman Arrested After Allegedly Robbing Credit Union At Gunpoint

Jonah Bennett | Contributor

An airman believed to have robbed the Washington Federal Credit Union in Utah at gunpoint was arrested Friday morning.

The arrest of 20-year-old Sonny West took place in his dormitory located at Hill Air Force Base, Fox13 reports. The arrest happened without incident and police subsequently sent West into the Davis County Jail.

He’s being charged with aggravated robbery based on an incident that occurred on Nov. 10 in the afternoon.

On that same day, local police tweeted out a picture of the suspect.

Just more than a week later, police picked up West as the suspect.

West reportedly stormed into the credit union and brandished a handgun at employees, loudly proclaiming to everyone in hearing distance that he was robbing the joint.

Clerks at the credit union complied with the suspect’s demands. No one was hurt in the robbery.

“It’s unfortunate. We have a great relationship with the folks at Hill Air Force base that live in our city.  There are a lot of active duty and contract people that work in our city and for the most part we have great relationship with them and rarely have problems like this,” Lt. Travis Lyman from the Layton Police Department said.

The Hill Air Force Base released a statement saying that West had been stripped of any “law-enforcement related duties.”

“Base officials are cooperating with local law enforcement after the arrest of A1C Sonny West in connection with a bank robbery in Layton,” the statement read. “Airman West is assigned to the 75th Security Forces Squadron as an entry controller. Airman West joined the Air Force in November 2015 and has been assigned to Hill since May of this year. Airman West has been removed from any law-enforcement related duties. Any questions regarding the investigation may be addressed to the Layton Police Department.”

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