More charges filed in July 5 bank robbery
by Ron Harris
Jul 16, 2013 | 3177 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Charges were filed Monday against a woman initially called a ‘person of interest’ in the July 5 bomb threat at Walker Baptist Medical Center and armed robbery at Traders & Farmers Bank in Curry.

Tamra Starr Files, 31, was charged with first-degree robbery in connection with the bank robbery, according to information released by Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair. District Judge Henry Allred set a cash bond for Files at $150,000.

“Our investigation has continued, and gaining further information allowed us to file charges against Miss Files,” Adair said.

Files is being held in Chattanooga, Tenn., after she and 32-year-old Brandon Joseph Peake were taken into custody by Chattanooga police, U.S. Marshals and FBI agents last Thursday.

Peake, who is also being held in Chattanooga, has been charged with first-degree robbery and making a terroristic threat. Adair said Peake has refused to waive extradition from Tennessee, forcing local officials to contact Gov. Robert Bentley’s office to begin extradition proceedings. It could take several weeks before a hearing is held, Adair said.

A hearing is expected to be held later this week regarding extradition for Files.

On July 5, Peake is alleged to have called Walker County E-911 claiming bombs had been placed inside Walker Baptist Medical Center and on bridges along Ala. 69 Highway.

The call prompted hospital officials to order a mass evacuation of the facility, including critical care patients and one woman who delivered a baby girl in the hospital’s front parking lot.

Later that afternoon, a lone gunman entered Traders & Farmers Bank in Curry wearing a ski mask and waving a handgun. The gunman, believed to be Peake, demanded keys to the bank’s safe and left with two backpacks filled with money.

Files’ alleged role in both the bomb threats and bank robbery is not clear.