Man indicted in skeleton mask bank robbery that ended in water rescue

A 49-year-old man rescued from the Great Miami River on Aug. 11 along with a bag of in cash has been indicted on five charges stemming from robbery of the Huntington Bank in Franklin.

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Police and a fireman pulled Robert Buck Lucas from the river, where he was found after allegedly robbing the bank that day in a skeleton mask and escaping on a bicycle, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Monday.

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Lucas, of Frankin, allegedly brandished a black handgun and threatened to shoot customers or tellers, particularly if they put dye packs in the bag of money handed over before his escape.

Police responding to the robbery said they found Lucas on the bank of the river. When told to surrender, he reportedly jumped into the river and had to be pulled out.

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He was indicted on charges of aggravated robbery, robbery, obstructing official business, tampering with evidence and possession of criminal tools.

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