Serial ‘Sock Hat Bandit’ caught following high-speed police chase

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INDEPENDENCE, Ky. (June 18, 2015) – Police arrested a serial bank robbery suspect known as the “Sock Hat Bandit” following a high-speed chase in northern Kentucky Thursday.

According to WCPO, the suspect was attempting to rob a Fifth Third Bank around 12:45 p.m. when police were called to the scene. The man fled the scene, traveling down I-275 and striking several cars.

Police apprehended the man near an elementary school in Convington, Kentucky.

The “Sock Hat Bandit” was wanted for ten bank robberies in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky since April 2015.  He is responsible for robbing an Anderson, Ind., PNC Bank and possible a bank in Greenwood. The FBI was offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the man’s arrest.

In each case, he handed over a note demanding cash and claimed to have a gun. No one was ever hurt during the thefts.

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