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Police: serial bank robber arrested

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville police and the U.S. Marshals Service have arrested a suspected serial bank robber.

Police say 49-year old Robert Manley hit four banks in 11 days - including one on New Year's Eve and a BB&T branch on Dixie Highway last week. In each robbery, police say Manley gave the bank tellers a note claiming he had an explosive device outside and a friend monitoring police scanners. Both those claims turned out to be bogus.

Sgt. Eric Black with LMPD's robbery unit says that didn't stop Manley from using those scare tactics to rob the banks.

"His robbery spree was driven by an addiction. Anytime somebody has a drug addiction all that matters is chasing that high and getting money for it. nothing else matters." said metro police robbery Sgt. Eric Black.

Manley was arrested Wednesday afternoon at an apartment complex in south Louisville. His roommate, Javon Watson, admits Manley gave him drugs. Watson says he recently met Manley through a neighbor and agreed to let him stay with him.

"He would go in the bathroom and the floor, the whole floor would be covered with cocaine - rock cocaine," said Watson. "We've been smoking crack since December 12th all the way until today. Non-stop everyday."

Watson agreed to let Manley stay with him about three weeks ago, but he says he never knew his roommate was robbing banks. Watson did say Manley would often flash large amounts of cash.

"Christmas Eve, New Year's... Monday. (He showed me) about $4000 cash."

The U.S. Marshals Sevice apparently had agents watching Manley for days. They tracked him down to the apartment complex off Poplar Level Road.

"And it just happened I opened the door and it wasn't no crack. It was the U.S. Marshals. No crack it was the U.S. Marshals and they were looking for him."

Watson says he didn't worry about where the money was coming from because Manley showed him a bank receipt.

"I thought he hit the lottery or something," said Watson.

Sgt. Black told reporters: "Had they not apprehended him today, he certainly would've committed more bank robberies."

Managers for the banks declined to comment.

Manley is expected to be arraigned on four counts of robbery Thursday morning. He's due back in a Nelson County courtroom later this month after being indicted last year on a rape charge. A jail officer there told WDRB News Manley posted ten percent of a $10,000 bond back in July to get out of jail.

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