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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say the bank robbery suspect who shot himself at Cherokee Park on Thursday may be connected to another robbery in December.
According to a police spokesperson, authorities are looking into the possibility that 21-year-old Lucas Ohnimus robbed a PNC bank located on Southern Pkwy., near E. Woodlawn Ave., on Dec. 26.
In that incident, the suspect walked into the bank wearing a shiny silver mask and demanded money. No weapon was brandished in that case. A surveillance image of that robbery can be viewed at the bottom right.
Two of the suspects involved in the robbery of a PNC Bank Thursday afternoon have been charged, according to police.
Police say that shortly before 5 p.m., two people walked into the PNC Bank on Bardstown Rd., near Cherokee Pkwy., handed the tellers empty bags and demanded that they fill them with cash.
After receiving the cash, police say Ohnimus, 19-year-old Bradley Scarbrough and a 17-year-old accomplice drove away.
A short time later, the suspects allegedly fled to Cherokee Park where they were pulled over by police.
"At that time, two of the suspects got out of the vehicle and our officers were able to detain them immediately. A third suspect remained in the vehicle in the driver's seat and attempted to drive away," said LMPD Spokesperson Alicia Smiley on Thursday.
Police say Ohnimus was not able to speed off because of the icy conditions of the road.
"He then got out of the vehicle and at that time, he had a weapon pointed at his head. Our officers did command him to put the weapon down. He refused to do so and fired at himself," she said.
Meanwhile, witness Adam Evans and his friends were just a few feet away.
"The guy gets out and he was holding something in his hand. I couldn't tell what it was and next thing I know I hear a pop and he falls down and starts bleeding," said Evans.
Police say Ohnimus was later pronounced dead at University Hospital. At that time, police took Scarbrough and the juvenile into custody.
Witnesses say Cherokee Park is the last place they expected to feel unsafe.
"It was pretty scary to be honest," said witness Brianne Trees.
"We were sledding. We all came out just to have a nice day and we were coming up from sledding down the hill and my friends were like 'get down.' We heard a gun shot and I didn't know what it was," said Trees.
"There was still people sledding down the hill. My instinct was to just get them safe and make sure everyone else was safe too," said Evans.
Evans says it was like a scene from a movie.
"It was crazy," he said.
The identity of Scarbrough's alleged accomplice is not expected to be released, because he is a juvenile.
Scarbrough was taken into custody and charged with complicity to first degree robbery. He faced a judge for arraignment shortly after 9 a.m. on Friday, and a single tear could be seen rolling down his face as the judge spoke to him.