Richmond man arrested after woman robbed at ATM in Hercules

Suspect caught after witnesses to Hercules ATM robbery give chase
Ethan Willoughby, 25. Photo credit: Hercules PD

A Richmond man was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of robbing a 59-year-old woman at an ATM in Hercules, police said.

Ethan Willoughby, 25, was booked robbery of an ATM customer at Martinez Detention Center in connection with the crime at the Bank of America at 1611 Sycamore Ave.

At 8:46 a.m., officers responded to the bank and met with the victim. She told police she went to withdraw money and, while putting the cash in her wallet, was jumped from behind. The suspect threw her to the ground, pulled the wallet from her hand and took off running toward Taco Bell, police said.

The bank’s manager called police while the incident was in progress. In addition, two female workers at the next-door martial arts dojo witnessed the robbery and chased the suspect toward Taco Bell, then behind the shopping center, “where the suspect started for the embankment to Sycamore Ave.,” the police report stated.

By then, police arrived and saw the suspect run up the embankment toward the Interstate Highway 80 ramp, where he was taken into custody, police said.

Clothes matching what the suspect was wearing was found on the suspect’s escape route, and he was found in possession of money, police said. His bail was set at $100,000.