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Witnesses thwart bank robbery attempt

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By Bryan Marshall

A bank robber got away without any money thanks to witnesses in a mini-van who saw the suspect fleeing Grant County Deposit Bank in Crittenden.

A man wearing a camouflage bandanna covering his face approached a female employee who was stocking the bank’s ATM machine in the morning on July 8.

The suspect, dressed in a gray-hooded sweatshirt and black shorts over top dark-colored pants, elbowed the employee while grabbing a bag filled with money.

The man then fled behind the bank toward the Crittenden Industrial Park where he was cut off by witnesses in a mini-van who saw the robbery.

The suspect was hit by the front of the van and rolled on the pavement.

“He’s probably has some sort of injury to his left leg,” said Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills. “In the video, he was favoring his left after running into the front of the van and trying to get away from them. After he hit the van, he went down and sort of hit the ground sort of face first. It looked like his hands were trying to break the fall so he may have some injuries to his hands.”

A witness on the passenger side of the van exited the vehicle and grabbed the bag of money from the robber.

The witnesses returned the money to the bank.

The suspect, who possibly had injuries to his leg and hands from the fall, ran off across the railroad tracks and into the wooded area behind Dinovite.

The Kentucky State Police K-9 unit tracked the suspect’s trail to an apartment complex in the area, but he was not located.

Surveillance camera footage showed the suspect, who Dills described as being approximately 230 to 240 pounds and about 6-foot tall, but the man’s ethnicity is unclear.

Kentucky State Police are investigating the robbery.

Anyone with information can call KSP Post 6 in Dry Ridge at 859-428-1212.

The last bank robbery in Grant County occurred in March 2010 at Forcht Bank in Crittenden, according to Dills.