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Published: Friday, 5/14/2004

2 Toledoans allegedly try to rob bank in Bedford Township

Two Toledo men were in the Monroe County jail last night after trying to rob a Bedford Township bank early yesterday, sheriff's deputies said.

Larry Lewis, 50, and Jamar Winston, 21, also are suspects in several Toledo-area bank robberies in the last few weeks, Detective Tom Redmond said.

In yesterday's incident, employees of Republic Bank on Lewis Avenue saw two suspicious men getting out of a car in their parking lot at 9:17 a.m. The employees had seen the same men Wednesday in the bank parking lot and had alerted sheriff's deputies. Yesterday, as the men approached the bank, the employees locked the door and called the sheriff's office. The men drove off in their car.

Deputy Damon Cecil pursued the men and stopped their car at Sterns Road near Jackman Avenue. They were arrested without incident, Detective Redmond said.

One of the men allegedly was seen throwing something from his car before he was arrested. Deputies later found a handgun in a ditch along Sterns. The weapon had been stolen from a Toledo home, deputies said.

Detective Redmond said the suspects will be arraigned today in Monroe Circuit Court on attempted bank robbery and firearms charges.

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