McKeesport police arrest man in Huntington bank robbery

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McKeesport police have arrested a man in connection with the robbery of a Huntington Bank branch Monday morning.

Jesse Lumberger, 24, of McKeesport, has been charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, two counts of terroristic threats, six counts of recklessly endangering another person and possession of an instrument of crime, court records show.

That bank branch, in the 1400 block of Fifth Avenue, was targeted twice in one week, police said.

Police said they have only enough evidence to charge Mr. Lumberger with Monday's robbery. But McKeesport police Capt. Tim Hanna said there are "many similarities" in the twin robberies, including the weapon -- a knife -- that the suspect was carrying.

"We think it's likely that there's not another person out there," Capt. Hanna said.

In a criminal complaint filed by McKeesport police Officer James Reed, Mr. Lumberger entered the bank about 10 a.m. Monday. He left on foot, making off with $3,700 in cash.

Police later recovered $3,620, most hidden under an old car tire.

Police received information that the robber was heading down Fifth Avenue toward the McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. They caught up with him in nearby woods, where he stuck his head out from behind an abandoned garage.

After a brief struggle, he was taken into custody, according the complaint.

Police interviewed a second man Monday, who Capt. Hanna said is affiliated with Mr. Lumberger, but no further charges have been filed.

Mr. Lumberger is in the Allegheny County Jail on $200,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 3.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede.


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