JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A Jeffersonville Police officer was injured in a vehicle crash while responding to a bank robbery Monday afternoon, according to police.

It happened just before 3 p.m. at the intersection of 10th St. and Main St. in Jeffersonville. The officer, Patrolman Robert Grinesteff, was responding to an alarm at the Your Community Bank on 10th St., near Allison Lane, when the crash occurred.

"A bomb, a big explosion. Twisted metal and everything. It was kind of scary sounding," said witness Eric McClean.

Grinesteff's red and blue lights, as well as his siren, were activated at the time of the crash, according to witnesses.

Both the officer and the driver of the other vehicle, Mary Love Thornton, were injured. Both were taken to University Hospital in Louisville.

Grimm said the officer was awake and responsive when he was transported.

"He has some complaints of knee pain, and some abdominal pain from the seatbelt," said Grimm. "They did some scans, and according to the doctors everything came back clear."


Moments earlier, Jeffersonville Police Det. Todd Hollis says a suspect entered Your Community Bank on 10th Street, showed a bank employee a note demanding cash and indicated that he was armed.

"A white male went into Your Community Bank...presented a note to the teller basically stating that it was a robbery, I believe the teller than gave him cash and he left the building," said Grimm.


Police said the suspect was last seen walking away from the bank.

Images of the suspect captured by surveillance video can be seen at right. Anyone with information on the suspect's identity or whereabouts is asked to contact Jeffersonville Police immediately at (812) 218-TIPS.


Indiana State Police is investigating the crash, which is standard procedure when another police agency is involved in a vehicular incident.

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