Sunday, August 25, 2002

Swim across river doesn't fool police

        CLEVES - He swam across the Great Miami River but law enforcers still caught their man - Charles W. Rutledge, 24, of Georgia, who faces a robbery charge after an undisclosed amount of money was taken from a PNC Bank branch here on Friday.

        According to Cleves Police Chief Gary Coffey, Mr. Rutledge entered the branch, 1 N. Miami Ave., shortly be fore 6 p.m., passed a paper bag to the teller and demanded that she fill it with money.

        Mr. Rutledge then ran from the bank and escaped into a nearby wooded area. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office's K-9 unit and helicopter helped track Mr. Rutledge, who was spotted crossing some railroad tracks west of U.S. 50 and then walking along the banks of the river. He was arrested near the river and was taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center.


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