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Ex-wife helps police solve Fredericksburg bank robbery

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By KEITH EPPS

A Pennsylvania man was ordered this week to serve nine years in prison for robbing a Fredericksburg bank in early 2006.

Roger Michael Johnson, 42, of Cresson, Pa., was sentenced Wednesday in Fredericksburg Circuit Court to 40 years with 31 years suspended. He was arrested earlier this year after his ex-wife told police about the 2006 crime.

Johnson will begin serving his Fredericksburg sentenced once he finishes a 12-year term he is currently serving in Pennsylvania. He has about six years left on that sentence.

According to the evidence presented by prosecutor Travis Bird, Johnson robbed the Cardinal Bank on the U.S. 1 Bypass on Jan. 4, 2006.

He pulled something over his face and demanded money from a clerk. He got between $2,200 and $2,300 before leaving. No weapon was displayed during the incident.

Bird said police had no suspects in the robbery until 2010, when Pennsylvania State Police contacted Fredericksburg detectives.

Johnson’s ex-wife had gone to state police with information about the Cardinal Bank robbery, Bird said.

The woman told police that she was married to Johnson at the time and was waiting in the car with their child when Johnson ran out of the bank with the money.

She said they had left Pennsylvania to get away from some problems there, and had been hanging out in Northern Virginia doing drugs and visiting friends.

City Detective Mark Purcell eventually went to Pennsylvania and interviewed Johnson in prison. He admitted to the robbery and later pleaded guilty, Bird said.

Johnson told police that he would not have hurt anyone and needed money for expenses.

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