Suspected bank robbers arrested 

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Two Woodland men were arrested last week in connection to the armed robbery of Umpqua Bank in Arbuckle in July.  

Michael Gene Jones, Jr., 49, was arrested in Woodland on Sunday, on a felony warrant obtained by the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, following months of investigation. 

Jones Jr. was booked into the Yolo County Jail and then transported to Colusa County and charged with second-degree robbery, two special allegations involving the use of a firearm, grand theft auto, receiving a stolen vehicle, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

He is being held in the Colusa County Jail on $230,000. 

John Williams III was arrested on Monday by the San Mateo Sheriff’s Office and is awaiting extradition to Colusa County on a felony warrant alleging the same charges. 

Jones and Williams are accused of walking into the Umpqua Bank around 4:39 PM on July 5 and using handguns to make off with an undisclosed amount of money. 

After they fled the bank in a reportedly-stolen Toyota pickup, a Colusa County deputy located and pursued the vehicle southbound into Yolo County, where one of the suspects – the passenger – jumped from the vehicle after it came to a stop and fled on foot. The other continued driving southbound until he abandoned the vehicle in an orchard south of County Road 2, west of County Road 88, near Dunnigan, and also escaped on foot.

Colusa County Sheriff’s deputies, detectives, and task force agents, along with personnel from the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, and the Williams and Woodland police departments set a perimeter around the area, but did not locate either of the two men.

Colusa County officials, through good, old-fashioned detective work, obtained multiple leads that led to the arrest of both men on felony warrants issued in late September, officials said. 

Jones, the apparent driver on the get-away-vehicle, is also charged with evading a police officer with willful disregard to the public. 

He was arraigned on charges Oct. 8 and is scheduled to enter a plea on Oct. 30.

Public Defender Albert Smith has been appointed to represent him. ■