Springboro bank robbery suspects surrender, standoff over

OH 741 closed to traffic to divert from scene

SPRINGBORO, Ohio - Two armed suspects who robbed a Springboro bank Friday morning and caused a standoff for several hours are now in police custody.

The two suspects, identified as Anton Alexander and Anthony Phillips, surrendered just before 1:30 p.m. at the Fifth Third Bank in the 700 block of Gardner Road. Police say the pair hid in bushes outside the bank and made their way inside the building when the manager opened the doors around 8:30 a.m.

Reports from inside the bank said one of the suspects shot at the bank manager, but officials said no one was shot. All employees made it out safely and no one was injured during the standoff, officials said.

Officials dropped several items off for the suspects, including a cellphone.

Nearby businesses including a preschool were locked down or closed during the standoff.

Authorities also located a black Chevrolet Tahoe which they believe was the getaway vehicle. The FBI said during a news conference that the Tahoe, which has Kentucky plates, was rented out of Indiana.

The FBI said evidence taken from the vehicle indiates that the pair may be from the Tri-State. Members of the FBI will be speaking with agents in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania to see if there are any similarities with this bank robbery and others.

FBI agents are still at the bank Friday afternoon collecting evidence and going through the bank. They said the pair created a mess inside the bank, including tearing out ceiling tiles and setting a fire.

The suspects are in federal custody.

Ohio 741 was shut down to traffic to divert people away from the scene.

"At this point, I think it's important that everybody understands that this is still a very dangerous situation," John DiPietro, Deputy Chief of Miami Township Police Department, said during an early afternoon news conference. "If you're out and about and you can actually see the windows of that bank, understand that you are in the line of fire."

Officials have not released any additional details about the standoff at this time.

9 News has a crew on the scene and will update with more information as it becomes available.

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