Witnesses: Bank robbery suspect tried to hide at neighbor's, held gun to employee
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) —
An alleged bank robber was shot by a Columbus Police officer after reportedly robbing a bank.
Police Chief Kim Jacobs said the suspect robbed the PNC Bank on DubliN -Granville Road on the city's northeast side at 1:45 Tuesday afternoon.The suspect then went to Trinity Square Apartments off of Dublin-Granville Road on Parkville Street.
Gina Martinez said she is the suspect's neighbor and that he knocked on her door and asked to come in.
"He told me that 'I just robbed PNC Bank.' I thought he was joking. I laughed at him and he said 'I'm dead serious,'" said Martinez.
Chief Jacobs explained police were alerted the suspect was at the apartment building and when an officer encountered the suspect, two shots were fired wounding the alleged bank robber in the stomach. Jacobs then said the suspect jumped out of a second-story window and ran to a nearby Taco Bell. The fast food restaurant became the third crime scene in over an hour.
"This is the kind of thing that takes our officers off the street to guard numerous scenes," explained Chief Jacobs.
Authorities said when the suspect arrived at the Taco Bell, he held it hostage.
"As soon as I put my head up, I just seen the guy bleeding from the stomach. He has the gun to another coworker's stomach. He tells me to put my hands up, so I put my hands up and he tells me to get on the ground," explained employee Shante Thomas.
The suspect surrendered after 3pm. After the ordeal, Thomas reunited with her dad. The 18-year-old said she has a new appreciation for life.
"It's different when you're faced with life-and-death situations," said Thomas.
According to Chief Jacobs, the suspect was taken to OSU's main hospital and taken into surgery. His condition was not immediately known.Authorities couldn't say if the suspect's firearm used in the robbery and hostage standoff was real or fake.