Wednesday, November 07, 2001

Suspected bank robber arraigned

Man used pizza delivery car in escape

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A man accused of robbing a bank and using a pizza delivery car as his getaway vehicle was arraigned in federal court on Tuesday.

        Paul A. Summers, 33, of the 500 block of Spring St. in Elsmere, was charged with robbery. He is being held at the Kenton County Jail without bail.

        If found guilty, Mr. Summers could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and fined $250,000. A hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at U.S. District Court in Covington.

        Court records show that a man wearing a jean jacket, blue jeans and a baseball cap walked into the Edgewood branch of PNC Bank, 3023 Dixie Highway, shortly after 3:30 p.m. Monday. Edgewood police said the robber handed a teller a note that said he was armed and wanted money. The robber got away with $5,298, according to court records.

        While police responded to the robbery, 911 dispatchers received a call that a man matching the robber's description had abducted a pizza delivery man pumping gas at a service station on Dixie Highway. Telling the pizza delivery driver he was armed, the man ordered the driver to take him to Cincinnati.

        An Erlanger police officer spotted the pair in a red Chevrolet Cavalier on Dixie Highway shortly after the robbery. Police pulled over the car in front of Crestview Hills Mall, and 11 officers from throughout Kenton County swarmed the scene. Mr. Summers gave up peacefully, and the driver was not injured.

        “It was an incredible series of events that allowed officers to apprehend this individual,” said Edgewood Police Chief Steve Vollmar. “It was really good we got this guy.”

        It was Edgewood's fourth bank robbery of the year.

        The C & O United Credit Union on Dixie Highway has been held up twice this year, the last time on Oct. 26.


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