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A man robbed a bank of nearly $17,000 on

October 4, 1997

ELEANOR, W.Va. (AP) _ A man robbed a bank of nearly $17,000 on Friday, then killed himself after a state trooper, a maintenance worker and a town resident chased him into the woods.

Jerry Michael Raynes, 25, fled on foot and was found lying next to a 12-gauge shotgun, Putnam County Sheriff Stan Farley said.

``We found him lying on the bag filled with money,″ Farley said. Raynes had a gunshot wound to the head.

At City National Bank, witnesses said a masked bandit ordered customers to lie down, and at one point fired two shots into the air.

``I saw people lying (on the floor) and I knew I was already involved,″ said Dennis Lovejoy, the bank’s maintenance worker who walked in on the robbery. ``He tapped me three times on the head before he left and said, `Don’t move.‴

But Lovejoy, 20, chased him into the woods in this town of 1,200 residents about 30 miles south of Charleston. Also in close pursuit were a neighbor and a state trooper, who heard Raynes shoot himself.

Raynes quit his job at a car lot in Ashland, Ky., last week and moved in with his father, Farley said.

``He just purchased the shotgun yesterday and his father did not understand why, since he doesn’t like guns,″ he said.

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