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Walter Wallen
Posted by: Phyllis Hoyt (ID *****3886) Date: June 12, 2003 at 21:20:04
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Would like to know if anyone knows or has heard of the following incident involving my gr grandfather - Walter Wallen. Would like to hear from anyone recognizing any of the names or knows some info on this.
phyhoy@willinet.netAttempt to Rob Bank At Allen Results in Capture of Suspects - 1932
Article in Floyd Co dated 12/9/32 #1825

After their attempt at the robbery Wed AM of the Floyd Co Bank at Allen , two would be robbers fled to the neighboring hills. Leffie Hobson. 34 years old, formerly of Auxier was captured in the hills near Allen Wed afternoon. He admitted participation in the robbery. His companion was still at large Thurs AM. Another man whose name was given as Frank Sillman was held in the county jail as a suspect after having been arrested on the Mayo Trail, below Allen. At least 3 men are believed to habe been connected with the robbery attempt, and an un-named woman is sought as an accomplice.
Leaving Allen in a Wallys-Knight sedan the would be robbers fled in the direction of Prestonburg. Rounding a curve near the home of D.B. May, a mile below Allen, the auto struck a horse ridden by Walter Wallen of Dwale, seriously injuring both horse and rider. Mr Wallen was taken to Beaver Valley Hosp, Martin, where it was found that his leg was broken in several places, one break being near the hip. His condition is said to be serious, but barring complications he is expected to recover. His horse was so badly injured that it was necessary to destroy the animal. Another source gave me the horse's name as Jude and Walter died in Feb from complications with gangrene.
The woman mentioned in the case was driving a coupe. She appeared at the scene of the wreck. proffering use of the car to take Wallen to the hospital and was later seen driving to and fro along the Trail. It is suspected that she was following the sedan in which the bandits fled planning to have them switch cars and after the wreck hoped to pick the fugitives up and make a dash to escape capture.
The wrecked auto bore license plate No. 455-082 issued in Johnson County to Estill Robinson of East Point. The license plate was reported by Mr Robinson as stolen.

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