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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Authorities say a Jeffersontown man charged with robbing bank customers with a fake handgun was "down and out" and desperate for money.
All three incidents took place in late June and early July at the PNC Bank on Taylorsville Road near Patti Lane. Police are crediting surveillance footage and a distinctive tattoo with helping lead to the arrest of 35-year old Jeremy Knighton.
Police say Knighton approached his victims from behind their cars, who at the time, were busy making ATM transactions. During the first incident, polcie say he placed a fake handgun against the victim's neck and demanded money, obtaining $200 before getting away.
Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders says the first incident June 21st was followed by two other robberies on June 26th and July 7th. Knighton faces both robbery and wanton endangerment charges.
"We were concerned because we had had three robberies at the same bank, all from people withdrawing cash from an ATM machine," said Sanders. "He needed the money and unfortunately thought that was the way to obtain the money."
A patrol officer spotted Knighton Monday walking along Patti Lane. When questioned, Knighton initially denied involvement, Sanders said. But police say the tattoo on his left leg helped solve the case. On top of that, Sanders says after officers searched Knighton's home, they found clothing worn during the crimes and recovered the fake handgun in bushes near the bank. Sanders says Knighton then confessed to all three robberies.
"The clothing description matched, he matched and the clothing and the tattoo was spot on," Sander said, noting that Knighton lives less than a mile from the bank.
Neighbors like Howard Carman said police have been called to Knighton's home often.
"That's pretty scary," Carman said. "At least three or four times a week police are down here."
Knighton is being held at Metro Corrections on robbery and wanton endangerment charges. He's next court date is July 19th.