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Suspect in two banks robbed in two days caught
CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- They say, "Clothes make the man," but they can also help police make their case.
A bank robbery suspect is locked up Wednesday after his description matched pictures taken at a bank robbery Tuesday. He was wearing the same clothes! Derwin Gadson is locked up and facing two robbery charges for the two bank robberies. He not only had a busy couple of days, he's had a pretty busy life, robbing banks.
It all started at the Fifth Third Bank on Fountain Square. Tuesday afternoon about 4:30, a man demanded money from a teller and ran off, but not before surveillance cameras got some good pictures and a description of his car.
Then Wednesday morning at 9:18, a guy demanded 50's and 100's from a teller at the US Bank on Colerain Avenue. Bank workers sounded the alarm and called Colerain Police. They put out a good description that matched the robbery from Fountain Square the night before.
Sgt. Scott Owen of the Colerain Police said, "They gave out a good description of a suspect. Just so happened we had an undercover plain clothes Cincinnati unit in the area where he was, where the robbery occurred. They picked up a suspect vehicle they thought might be involved. He was still wearing the same clothes and the same vehicle and we were able to track him down Colerain Avenue with units from Green Township, Cincinnati as well as Colerain."
In minutes, Gadson was pulled over in the West End. Same car, same clothes, same guy. Money in the car was from the Colerain bank. He's innocent until proven guilty of these bank robberies but he's been found guilty of plenty in the past. In 2002, Gadson used a gun to rob a PNC Bank in Price Hill and was ultimately indicted for 6 robberies. He served 11 years and was released last November.
In a letter, Gadson wrote in 2008 requesting early release. He said he had turned his life around and promised, "I will return to society with respect for the citizenry and my community as a law-abiding member, husband and father."
It looks like that ended Tuesday afternoon.
Colerain Police say they have not counted the money yet, but believe they recovered everything taken from the US Bank Wednesday morning. Police say Derwin Gadson did not use a weapon in either bank robbery.
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