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Published: Tuesday, 10/19/2004

Police suspect man involved in 2nd holdup

Toledo's bumbling bank robber struck again yesterday for the second time in less than two weeks, getting away with cash from a bank on Suder Avenue.

The FBI said a man identified as John Lee Robinson walked into a KeyBank at 5730 Suder at 2:38 p.m. yesterday and pretended he had a gun as he demanded money from a bank teller.

He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, driving off in a maroon Ford Taurus station wagon. The vehicle matched the description of one used Oct. 6 in the afternoon robbery of a Charter One Bank branch at 602 Main St.

In that holdup, the robber proved far from cunning. He placed his driver's license down on the tellers' counter and then wrote a note explaining that he was armed with a gun and wanted money.

When he fled, he left behind his license.

Following the second holdup, the FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect.

After the first robbery, Toledo police issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Robinson, 42, of 1323 Belmont Ave., charging him with aggravated robbery.

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