Friday, November 12, 1999

Accused bank robber caught

Police track down suspect on foot

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        An East Walnut Hills man was arrested Thursday in a residential yard less than two hours after a Westwood Homestead Savings Bank was robbed, police said.

        Thursday's bank robbery was Cincinnati's ninth this year and the fourth in a week, police said. No one was injured.

        Police said a man entered the bank at 3002 Harrison Ave. at 10:55 a.m. and demanded money. He told the teller he had a gun and later fled at a high speed in a car on Montana Avenue with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

        Eddie Washington, 22, was eventually stopped by police for speeding. As officers were about to questionhim, he took off running. “The officer began a foot chase, and that's when he (Mr. Washington) entered a wooded area,” said Lt. Ray Ruberg, Cincinnati police spokesman. “And then at that point, we stopped and requested a canine.”

        A search by District 3 and 4 officers and Cheviot police, along with help from a Hamilton County sheriff's helicopter and residents who spotted the man in their yards, eventually led authorities closer to the suspect.

        Then, police said, a resident spotted Mr. Washington crawling through a wooded area near the resident's yard. A dog picked up his scent, and he was arrested in a yard in the 3600 block on Montana Avenue about 12:30. He is charged with aggravated robbery.

        Michael Brennan, president of Westwood Homestead Savings Bank, said he didn't know whether customers were inside the bank at the time of the robbery.

        This was the first robbery at a Westwood Homestead bank this year.


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