Nichole Hannahs

Suspected Bank Robber Knew Area

by Nichole Hannahs on November 2, 2012 at 6:31 am

A retired Dayton police officer faces aggravated robbery  charges in a Cambridge bank robbery and bomb threat incident.

Guernsey County Prosecutor Dan Padden says 48-year-old David Hirst of Dayton entered the US Bank on Wheeling Avenue, Thursday afternoon, handed the clerk a note demanding money and then fled with an undisclosed amount. He was confronted by Officer Dan Milburn who was located at the back door of the bank.

"An employee from the bank phoned 911 while the suspect was still in the bank, so our officers responded and Officer Milburn responded to the back and identified the guy almost immediately upon exiting the building." said Cambridge Police Department Captain Randy LePage.

The suspect told Milburn that he had an explosive device and was found to be in the possession of two loaded handguns. He was taken into custody with the help of Officer Victor Lagneaux. The Columbus Fire Department Bomb Squad secured the explosive device and destroyed it in place. Captain LePage said that there’s no doubt that the event was planned.

"He’s familiar with Cambridge because he spent time here camping through the years with his children and I think that’s the only connection we know of now."

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is analyzing the contents of the explosive device. Several blocks of the downtown area surrounding the bank were closed for several hours after being evacuated.