Suspect in attempted robbery, shooting at Lewis Center bank in custody

Delaware County Bank Robbery

DELAWARE CO., Ohio (WCMH) – A man accused of shooting into a Lewis Center bank was taken into custody Friday night, according to Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin.

Martin’s office confirmed on Facebook that the suspect is Todd R. Keith, who was wanted for multiple robberies in several states. Keith was arrested in the Aberdeen, Ohio area–140 miles from Delaware County.

911 calls from Friday in Delaware County described the attempted armed robbery by a man wearing a pumpkin Halloween mask.

“It was a man, probably about six foot two,” the man calling said. “He was wearing a Halloween mask, it was a pumpkin mask. He had a gun, he pointed toward the door, we didn’t open the door. And he, he shot at us.”

The man passed the phone to a woman, and the 911 call-taker asked about the “bait money.”

“Does it have a GPS on it or is it paint?” the call-taker asked.

“It’s…we didn’t give him anything,” the woman calling said, telling the call-taker the man shot through the door.

No one was hit by gunshots, but one employee was cut by glass from the door.

The bank closed early Friday, which came as a surprise to Radhika Chirumamilla, a customer.

“I use the safe-deposit box here, so I was going to retrieve some items from there,” Chirumamilla said.

She was shocked to hear about the attempted armed robbery.

“It really concerns me,” Chirumamilla said. “Just being on this busy road and still, I feel like it’s not safe here.”

She said she was worried it could happen again and said she would reconsider banking there.

“They were able to react quickly, but going forward, I don’t know how they—I mean, they can identify other ways to break through it, right?” Chirumamilla said.


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