Men arrested in Utah after ATM theft, shooting at police in McCall

krodine@idahostatesman.comJanuary 13, 2014 

Two men suspected of stealing a McCall bank’s ATM and shooting at police officers on Friday night were arrested in Utah on Sunday.

Nathan Paul Davenport, 34, and Matthew Taber Annable, 39, are being held on charges of theft and aiding and abetting, according to a brief FBI news release Monday. Those charges stem from crimes elsewhere, McCall Police Chief Justin Williams said.

No charges have yet been filed against them in Idaho, he said, and it will likely be awhile before a trial on the Idaho charges could be held. But Williams said he is happy that the suspects behind the bizarre McCall incident are in custody — and even happier that officers and an alert citizen acted quickly to help link the men to the McCall ATM crime.

A McCall resident witnessed a masked man put a chain around the ATM at Idaho First Bank about 9 p.m. Friday and yank the machine from the wall, Williams said. The witness called 911 with an accurate description of the suspect, the pickup truck he got into and the direction that truck headed.

“We located them within two minutes on the exact road that the citizen said they turned on,” the police chief said. “It was amazing. I’m very grateful.”

Two McCall officers pursued the pickup, and twice one of the men in the truck got out and shot repeatedly at the officers, Williams said. Bullets disabled both police vehicles – flattening both front tires on one and hitting the engine block on the other — and the officers lost sight of the vehicle. A methodical search for the robbers and their vehicle continued into early Saturday morning, and residents of the CareFree subdivision south of McCall were advised to lock their doors and not answer them unless a police officer was the one knocking.

A stolen pickup matching the vehicle’s description was found abandoned Saturday with evidence that linked it to the ATM robbery, Williams said, declining to specify what that evidence was.

“We are very thankful that no officers were injured, that no innocents were injured,” Williams said. “The level of professionalism and restraint of those officers ... not to return fire due to the number of citizens that were on that street ... those two officers are just amazing, and the third officer who came in (to the pursuit) later.”

“It’s difficult to describe my level of pride and satisfaction,” said Williams, who took over as police chief one week ago.

McCall police were joined by officers from Idaho State Police, Cascade police, the Valley and Adams county sheriff’s offices and Idaho Fish and Game, he said. Asked for more information about the suspects, such as their state of residence or when and where the crime(s) they are charged with happened, an FBI spokeswoman said no further information could be released at this time.

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