Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Rebuffed by tellers, suspect is arrested



By Jim Hannah
Enquirer staff writer

FLORENCE - A Covington man was being held Monday night on suspicion of two bank robberies and one attempted robbery this month in Northern Kentucky.

Gregory A. Holloway, 41, was apprehended by a Boone County Sheriff's deputy in the Florence Mall parking lot Monday afternoon and charged with attempted robbery. He matched a description of a man who had attempted to rob the PNC Bank on Mall Road.

A man walked into the branch at 1:10 p.m. and announced he was a robber, according to the Florence police. When bank employees refused to give him any cash, the man said he had a gun. However, tellers didn't believe him and still refused to hand over the money.

Florence police said the would-be robber appeared to get frustrated and walked out of the bank.Holloway was arrested a short time later in the mall's parking lot. He admitted to detectives he had attempted to rob the Florence bank and had successfully robbed two others, said Lt. Tim Chesser of Florence police.

Chesser said robbery charges were pending for the July 7 holdup of the PNC Bank on Madison Avenue in Covington and the July 14 holdup of the Huntington Bank on Decoursey Pike in the Covington neighborhood of Latonia.

In other news, Covington police were searching for a man who robbed the Advantage Bank at 401 West Pike Street at 3:52 p.m. Monday. No one was injured in the holdup, and a description was not immediately available.

This was the ninth bank robbed in Northern Kentucky this year.

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