Police now have a man in custody who was apprehended in Haywood County after a vehicle chase. Authorities say it appears that a suspect in the robbery of Asheville Savings Bank earlier Tuesday is also a suspect in the robbery of a PNC Bank Bank on Smoky Park Highway in Candler. He is currently being interviewed by law enforcement.
Police have identified the suspect as John Kershaw Barrette, age 37. Barrette was driving a Jeep Liberty with reportedly stolen Florida license plates, when he was pursued by deputies who were tracking him via his cell phone. He eventually pulled off to the side of the road on I-40 near exit 31 and attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended.
The suspect was apprehended by the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, the NC Highway Patrol and the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office mid-afternoon.
According to arrest records in Florida, Barrette has a lengthy criminal history including charges of Larceny, Burglary and Credit Card Fraud.