Brandon Peake has been charged with First-Degree Robbery and Making Terrorist Threats following last Friday’s bomb threat call to Walker Baptist Medical Center. The resulting evacuation of WBMC sent many patients out into the parking lot in the rain, while others were transported to BMC Princeton, Walker Surgery Center and other facilities around town at a cost to the hospital of an estimated $75,000. One woman gave birth in the hospital parking lot. Both she and child are doing well.
Peake also allegedly called in a bomb threat to a well-traveled bridge on Hwy. 69, before robbing the Trader’s and Farmer’s Bank in Curry. After entering the bank and holding employees at gun point, Peake is believed to have exited a back door of the Bank with an unreported amount of money and escaped into the woods. He was then tracked to an ATV trail where fresh 4 Wheeler tracts were followed back to a roadway where the trail went cold. Late Wednesday police took a 4 wheeler as evidence from a storage building in the Curry community. The 911 call was traced to a prepaid cell phone that had recently been purchased in Carbon Hill.
Today Peake and his girlfriend Tamra Files were captured in the Chattanooga area. Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey offered this prepared statement: The primary suspect,Brandon Peake, is in custody. He was arrested in Chattanooga, TN by an arrest team consisting of the FBI, Chattanooga PD, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals, as well as SWAT teams from the area. I would like to commend all of the law enforcement involved for their tedious efforts as well as the cooperation between the Sheriff’s Office, Jasper Police Department and all other agencies involved. Tamra Files, a person of interest in this case, was in the company of Peake at the time of arrest and is currently being detained.