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Bank robbery suspect arrested

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Edwards arrested at Louisville motel Tuesday

By Geoff Hamill

After receiving word that a man wanted in connection with Friday’s Springfield State Bank robbery was in their city, Louisville Metro Police took the suspect into custody Tuesday night.

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Springfield Police Chief Fred Armstrong said the suspect, Ledrick Shontay Edwards, 29, of Bardstown, was arrested at an EconoLodge motel on Bardstown Road in Louisville around 7 p.m. Tuesday. Armstrong and Capt. Paul O’Bryan of the Springfield Police Department went to Louisville later Tuesday night and returned with Edwards. After processing at the Springfield Police Department, he was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center, where he remains without bond.

Armstrong said Edwards checked into the motel Friday night, where he had paid for a one-week stay in advance. While the total amount of money stolen during the robbery has not been released, Armstrong said about $4,600 has been recovered, including $2,700 in cash Edwards had in his possession when arrested. Armstrong said additional evidence, which could not be identified, was also found in Edwards’s possession at the time of his arrest.

According to court records, Edwards is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Monday in Washington County District Court.

Edwards allegedly entered the Springfield State Bank branch location at 1060 Bardstown Road in Springfield armed with a snub-nosed revolver pistol Friday, handed a note to a teller demanding money, then left in a maroon 1998 Buick Park Avenue. The vehicle was identified on bank surveillance video, and Edwards was also positively identified on bank surveillance, according to Armstrong.

After the robbery, the Buick was found in Bardstown, and Edwards had reportedly left the area in a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban. He was believed to be in the Louisville area.

Edwards was identified in other banks in the area in days prior to the robbery. He was also identified on surveillance video of two other banks earlier on Friday, including a People Bank branch in Lebanon just 27 minutes before the Springfield robbery. Armstrong said no incidents took place at the other banks, and it is believed that was because there were customers in each of the other banks, but none in the Springfield location.

See next week’s Springfield Sun for more, including coverage of Edwards’s arraignment.