A 38-year-old man wanted for questioning in last week's robbery at the First National Bank in Hughesville was nabbed Wednesday afternoon in northern Illinois with a 14-year-old female runaway from Punxsutawney, according to county Chief Detective William Weber.
Donald Steven Guthrie, whose last known address was Corning Avenue just outside Jersey Shore, was apprehended about 3 p.m. by local police in the small community of Mount Morris, Weber said he was told.
The teenager was found safe 20 minutes later in the same neighborhood, Weber said.
It is unknown when and where Guthrie, a convicted sex offender, met up with the girl, Weber said.
State police, the Lycoming County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Marshals Service have been looking for Guthrie since Friday when he failed to appear for a court-ordered pre-trial "status conference" with County Judge Dudley N. Anderson, Weber said.
Guthrie is expected to go on trial later this year on state police charges of allegedly sending sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl in 2008 and 2009 and again late last year.
A bench warrant was issued for Guthrie's arrest last week after his missed appointment with Anderson. He is expected to be extradited on the warrant, Weber said.
Hughesville Police Chief Jason Gill said that Guthrie "is wanted for questioning about the robbery" that occurred on Aug. 27.
Although he is "a suspect," no charges have been filed against him concerning the robbery, Gill said.