Updated 6:36 p.m. on Nov. 3.
Ferguson Township Police have arrested one man and are working with the FBI to file charges against another in connection with an Aug. 22 credit union robbery and bomb threats made that same day.
Rodrequis Armanti Council, 31, of State College was charged on Friday with felony counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking, terroristic threats and receiving stolen property. He was arraigned before District Judge Carmine Prestia and straight monetary bail was set at $300,000.
Police said they determined Council conspired with a 40-year-old Georgia man "to build bomb-like devices" and place them at Penn State's Research West Building and Walmart, 1665 N. Atherton St., to divert attention from the robbery at SPE Federal Credit Union on Science Park Road.
Council also allegedly selected the bank that police say was robbed by the Georgia man. Though police did not name him in a news release with charges yet to be filed, the Georgia man is Marquis L. Buckley, of Townsend, Ga., who was arrested last month in Virginia.
At 3:54 p.m. on Aug. 22, a man, described as about 6-feet tall and wearing a purple gown, ivory hood and a mask, entered the SPE Federal Credit Union in Ferguson Township. Witnesses said he placed a bag on the counter and indicated he had a bomb and a gun and demanded cash. After staff members gave him cash, the man fled toward Circleville Road, leaving in the bank the bag he claimed had a bomb.
A bomb response team and tactical response unit were dispatched to the scene. The bag was examined and found not to be a threat. A short time before the robbery, bomb threats were called in to Research West and Walmart. The devices were found and determined to be of no danger.
While Ferguson Township detectives focused the investigation on the two men, Buckley allegedly robbed a bank in Virginia Beach, Va., and was apprehended shortly afterward. Police said they are now working with the FBI to file charges against him and that Council was not involved with the Virginia Beach robbery.
According to reports by the Southside Daily, Buckley was charged along with a Virginia man for the alleged robbery of a PNC Bank in Virginia Beach. Buckley allegedly disguised himself in a wig and sunglasses and, armed with a handgun and what looked like an explosive device, demanded money from a clerk. He was arrested on Oct. 17.
Buckley also was charged for the alleged robbery of another Virginia Beach bank on Oct. 4. In that case the suspect reportedly left behind an object that was investigated by a bomb squad, which determined it was of no threat.
According to court records, Buckley was stopped by Penn State Police on Aug. 7 for driving under the influence. Charges were filed in September.
Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.