Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Police arrest suspect in second bank chase

        WEST CHESTER TWP. - For the second time in less than two months, police nabbed a West Chester bank robbery suspect after a car chase Monday afternoon.

        Lamont Wilks, 30, of Reading Road in Cincinnati, was caught about an hour after police say he robbed U.S. Bank at 7797 Tylers Place Blvd.

        He is charged with robbery and failure to comply with a police officer, both felonies, and driving under suspension and reckless driving, both misdemeanors.

        Police said he entered the bank at 1:18 p.m. and demanded money. He showed no weapon, but fled the bank with cash.

        An off-duty West Chester police officer saw Mr. Wilks leaving the bank and provided a description. Police said officers from several departments chased Mr. Wilks, who was driving a tan Cadillac, south on Interstate 75 and west on Interstate 275 to Ohio 4.

        Police eventually used tire-deflating devices to disable the vehicle on Ohio 747 near Crescentville Road. Police said Mr. Wilks fled on foot but was quickly found hiding in a Dumpster.

        There were no injuries in the robbery or the pursuit.

        In July, West Chester officers nabbed a suspected serial bank robber after two West Chester banks were held up the same day. In that case, West Chester Township Fire Chief Jim Detherage spotted the suspect.


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