Friday, July 06, 2001

Suspect captured in latest bank heist

Cincinnatian held in Warren Co. holdup

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. — Officers on Thursday said they caught a bank robbery suspect who tried to carjack two vehicles as he fled.

        Aaron Hall, 28, of Cincinnati, is being held at the Warren County Jail in Lebanon, on a robbery charge.

        He is accused of robbing the Provident Bank branch at 8600 Landen Drive on Thursday morning.

        It was the latest in the region's string of bank robberies this year.

        Hamilton County has registered 46 robberies this year, seven fewer than in all of 2000.

        Figures for Warren County were unavailable Thursday.

        The Warren County Sheriff's Office gave this account of the events leading to Mr. Hall's arrest:

        About 11 a.m. Thursday, a man with a gun entered the bank and demanded money from tellers, who complied.

        A deputy responding to the robbery call saw a man fitting the description of the robber in the getaway vehicle near Columbia Road and Socialville-Foster Road.

        The suspect pulled into a parking lot, abandoned his vehicle and then tried to carjack an occupied vehicle, police said.

        The responding officer chased the suspect on foot through a neighborhood, then back to Columbia and Socialville, where the suspect tried to carjack a second vehicle, again unsuccessfully.

        Officers then moved in and arrested Mr. Hall.

        He was uncooperative and refused to identify himself, but detectives from the Cincinnati Police Division assisted in identifying him, police said.


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