Former standout football player pleads guilty in bank robbery
A Beaver County man who once set high school football rushing records pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to robbing an Ambridge bank this summer, charges he faced after police caught him following a two-minute chase.
Keith Fisher, 46, of Baden, faces a March 1 sentencing on charges of bank robbery and armed bank robbery in connection with a heist at the Huntington Bank on Merchant Street in Ambridge. According to a criminal complaint, Mr. Fisher told police he robbed the bank because he was struggling to pay for food, clothing and housing.
Huntington Bank employees called for help about 10:15 a.m. on June 14 to say that a man in a gray shirt and blue mask had walked into the bank, pointed a gun at a teller and demanded money.
Two officers -- one from Ambridge and one from Baden -- were across the street when the call came in and watched as the robber, now identified as Mr. Fisher, ran out the bank and fled toward a nearby porch, where they spotted him changing clothes. Next to him was a cooler containing a white plastic bag with $5,548 -- the amount stolen from the bank -- and what police later determined was a realistic-looking pellet gun, according to the complaint.
Mr. Fisher graduated from Ambridge High School in 1984 as the leading rusher in Western Pennsylvania, according to newspaper accounts at the time. He then went on to play at Michigan State University for two seasons.
Mr. Fisher faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.