LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man said he had no idea a serial bank robber was staying at his apartment.
The man was arrested Wednesday and charged with four bank robberies in Metro Louisville is behind bars while the man who was trying to do him a favor is in shock.
Javon Watson said on several occasions Robert Manley, 49, told him he was going to run to the bank, but Watson tells WAVE 3 News, he didn't know Manley was actually robbing those banks.
"I'm just surprised," Watson said, "I knew he was up to something, but it just never really came out you know, what he was actually doing."
Watson said serial bank robber is not the profession he would have guessed for Manley, a guy he met at a friend's house a few weeks ago who asked if he could crash on his couch.
"I just thought he went to the bank and made a withdrawal," Watson said, "I didn't realize he robbed it!"
It all started making sense when the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force descended on his apartment off Poplar Level Road and put Manley in cuffs.
Police said Manley hit banks all over town.
The first hold up came December 20, at the PNC on Taylorsville Road then Chase Bank on New Lagrange Road on Christmas Eve. Surveillance photos picked up Manley December 27 at the BB&T Bank on Dixie Highway and on New Year's Eve police say he robbed the River City Bank at 2501 Bardstown Road.
Sergeant Eric Black with the LMPD Robbery Unit told us, "In each one of the bank robberies Mr. Manley entered the bank and presented a demand note stating that there were explosives outside of the bank and he also stated he had a friend monitoring the scanner."
Manley demanded and got money from the banks. Watson told us, Manley had a story to go with it. "My mom died," Watson remembered Manley telling him, "and she left me a whole bunch of money."
Watson quickly figured out Manley had a drug addiction.
He said Manley was using rock cocaine and he thought maybe he was a drug dealer and that's where the money was coming from.
He said when the Marshals showed up, he thought it was a drug dealer at the door.
Watson says he's glad the Marshals came because he didn't know how to get Manley to leave his apartment.
Manley faces federal charges of violating his supervised release and he faces four charges in the metro of first degree robbery.
Manley recently violated his supervised release on federal fraud charges.
WAVE 3 also found out he's also facing 2nd degree rape and sodomy charges in Nelson County from earlier this year.
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:56 AM EDT2013-05-25 14:56:48 GMT
Kentucky state police tell us a Bardstown police officer has been shot and killed. According to Trooper Norman Chaffins the officer was in his cruiser on the Bluegrass Parkway at exit 34 when he was shotMore >>
Just before 3 a.m. this morning, a call came into the Elizabethtown State Police Post about a fatal crash involving a Bardstown Police Officer on the exit 34 ramp of the Bluegrass Parkway.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:19:49 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE 3) - The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban of openly gay scouts from the organization's activities has hundreds of Louisville Scouts and their parents wonderingMore >>
The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban of openly gay scouts from the organization's activities has hundreds of Louisville scouts and their parents wondering where they will meet.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:34:36 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Friday afternoon two home invasions are reported to police less than an hour apart. Police are trying to determine if the same group of people are responsible. The first robberyMore >>
Two home invasions are reported to Louisville Metro Police less than an hour apart and now officers are trying to determine if the same group of people are responsible.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:56 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:56:14 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY – A large heroin sting took place in the parking lot of a Dairy Queen. According to an LMPD arrest report, the bust took place last night at the Dairy Queen on Manslick Road. Officers reportedMore >>
Louisville Metro Police have busted a couple for heroin possession at a Louisville area Dairy Queen after they tried to hide the drugs in the floor of their vehicle.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-25 12:07:57 GMT
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) – An Elizabethtown mother is recovering from serious injuries she suffered when her SUV rolled onto her, pinning her underneath the vehicle. Kentucky State Police said ShannonMore >>
Shannon Gales' 2-year-old daughter was strapped in a car seat inside the vehicle when it overturned, according to Kentucky State Police. More >>