Off-duty Boone County deputy leads cops to suspected Burlington bank robber

BURLINGTON, Ky. -- A man who threatened to blow up a Northern Kentucky bank during a robbery attempt Friday morning was taken into custody after an off-duty deputy followed him to his car.

The incident began at about 9:10 a.m. at the Heritage Bank in Burlington, Kentucky.

Investigators say Devon S. Edmonston walked into the bank on Florence Pike and handed a note to a teller. The note demanded money and indicated the 34-year-old had a bomb, according to a release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect then fled the building with an undetermined amount of money.

After he realized what was going on, Sgt. Mitch Kotzbauer -- an off-duty Boone County Sheriff’s deputy who was also in the bank -- followed Edmonston on foot and contacted the sheriff's office.

Information from Kotzbauer led deputies to an apartment complex near the bank where the suspect's car was parked. Edmonston was arrested at the scene. 

The suspect is charged with first-degree felony robbery, a crime punishable by 10 to 20 years in the state penitentiary.

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