Wednesday, August 08, 2001

Police call man serial robber

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Following a tip, Cincinnati police staked out a Camp Washington bank Tuesday and arrested a man with a long criminal history who is suspected in at least four Tristate bank robberies.

        Police say Del Eugene Carter, 44, tried to rob a Clifton bank Tuesday morning but left without any money, then acted suspiciously during two trips to Provident Bank at 2927 Colerain Ave. in Camp Washington.

        A tip phoned into the Crime Stoppers hot line led police to stake out the Camp Washington bank. Mr. Carter was arrested as he walked out, though no robbery occurred there.

        He did not resist and he was not armed, police said.

        “We do consider this individual to be a serial bank robber,” said Cincinnati police Capt. Vince Demasi. “We strongly believe there to be additional banks” robbed by Mr. Carter.

        Mr. Carter, for whom police had no address, was charged with three counts of robbery, and a fourth count is pending, police said. He is charged in these incidents:

        • The July 30 robbery of Columbia Savings and Loan, 411 Ludlow Ave., Clifton.

        • Friday's robbery of Provident Bank at 2522 Vine St., Corryville.

        • Tuesday's attempted robbery of Firstar Bank, 425 Ludlow Ave., Clifton.

        Mr. Carter has spent more than 20 years in prison for offenses including robbery, escape and weapons violations.


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