Cambridge Evacuated, Explosive Device Destroyed

by Kelly Choate on November 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Downtown Cambridge is virtually shut down after a bank robbery on Thursday afternoon.

The Cambridge Police Department said around 12:45 p.m. a male suspect entered the U.S. Bank on Wheeling Avenue and handed the clerk a note demanding money.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash from the clerk, the suspect fled the bank through the back door.  He was confronted by Cambridge Police Officer Dan Milburn.

The suspect told Milburn that he had an explosive device and Milburn could see that he was armed with a handgun.  Milburn took the suspect into custody with assistance by retired Cambridge Police Officer Victor Lagneaux, who happened to be in the area.

The suspect was found to be in possession of two loaded handguns.  The item claimed to be an explosive device was secured in place and the Columbus Fire Department Bomb Squad was contacted.

Several blocks of the downtown area surrounding the bank were closed for hours.  After an examination by the bomb squad, the explosive device was destroyed.  A loud explosion could be heard.

The contents of the device were collected and are being analyzed by the Ohio State Fire Marshall’s Office.  The suspect taken into custody is identified as a 48-year-old white male from Dayton.

Officers will meet with the prosecuting attorney on Friday morning to discuss possible charges.