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A suspect in an April 18 armed robbery in Marion has been taken into custody in West Virginia.

In the morning hours of Thursday, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agents along with Marion Police Department Det. Wes Thomas executed a search warrant in the 700 block of Raven Way in Newport, Tennessee, on the residence of Travis W. Day. Authorities describe Day as the primary suspect in the armed robbery that occurred at the Valero Fas-Mart in Marion. During the incident, an armed suspect entered the store with a firearm and removed cash from the register.

As a result of information obtained during the search warrant, the 47-year-old Day was located by ATF agents in Morgantown, West Virginia, and was taken into custody Thursday without incident. He was arrested on a federal criminal complaint charging him with one count of interference with commerce by threats or violence in relation to his alleged armed robbery of the Valero station.

These events draw to a close a two-week investigative effort involving the Marion PD, Smyth County Sheriff’s Office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the ATF that led agents through Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.

A criminal complaint is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Assistant United States Attorney Lena Busscher is prosecuting the case for the United States.

U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen, ATF Special Agent in Charge Ashan M. Benedict and Marion Police Chief John Clair made the announcement of Day’s arrest.

Noting that Marion is “largely free of wanton violence,” Clair said, “the Marion Police Department is committed to keeping it that way.”

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