3 in custody following bank robbery, high speed pursuit
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Two of the three suspects who were taken into custody Friday after a bank robbery and a high-speed police pursuit that ended in the Highlands are connected to a series of crimes over the past two months.
Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell said around 4:30 p.m. Friday a man entered the Old National Bank in the 4200 block of Shelbyville Road, displayed a weapon and demanded money from the teller. The teller complied and the man left of foot, but he was caught by police shortly after.
Two other suspects who Mitchell said appeared to be waiting for the man who robbed the bank were spotted by police. The suspects drove off and led police on a chase that came to an end in a neighborhood near the intersection of Tartan Lane and Fordyce Lane around 4:50 p.m.
The suspects ditched their vehicle in the backyard of a residence then took off on foot. At least one of the suspects was located in the 3000 block of Dundee Road at Atherton High School and taken into custody.
Michael Benton and Branielle Allen were arrested and charged with robbery of the Old National Bank. Devonte Brightwell, who was caught running from the bank, was also charged with robbery.
Police also say Benton and Brightwell are also responsible for five other robberies in May.
Ronald Tinsley was also arrested in connection with one of those May robberies.
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