A homeless man accused of attempting to rob a bank earlier this month was bound over to a Butler County grand jury following a preliminary hearing Monday in Middletown Municipal Court.
Dennis Lemmel, 30, formerly of Harveysburg, allegedly tried to rob American Savings Bank, 701 University Blvd., Middletown Detective Kristi Hughes testified. She said bank personnel noticed a suspicious vehicle that was sitting in the lot for 10 to 15 minutes. At the time, she said, there were two tellers and one customer was in the bank.
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She said Lemmel came inside the bank with his hands in his pockets and said this “is a stick-up.” Hughes said one of the tellers thought she was going to get shot and the other hid behind a desk.
Hughes said when Lemmel realized he was not getting any money, he told the tellers it “was a joke” and ran out to the car and left the area. Bank personnel got a description of the vehicle and its license plate number.
The vehicle was seen pulling out of the Williamsburg Apartments by a patrol officer who pulled the vehicle over in the Speedway gas station lot at Roosevelt Boulevard and Jackson Lane. The driver was Angelina Miller, 40, of Middletown.
Hughes said nothing was taken from the bank.
When Lemmel and Miller were taken to the police station, Miller attempted to flush a plastic baggie containing a white chunky substance that was found by the corrections officer. Miller told the corrections officer she thought it was heroin. The substance tested positive for heroin and was sent to the crime lab for further testing.
Judge James Sherron said there was sufficient evidence to bind Lemmel’s case over to a Butler County grand jury for further consideration. Lemmel entered a not guilty plea to the attempted robbery charge, a second-degree felony. Sherron continued Lemmel’s bond of $100,000.
Miller’s case was heard in a separate hearing on a tampering with evidence charge, a third-degree felony; driving under suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor; and a lane change violation, a minor misdemeanor.
Miller entered a guilty plea to a reduced misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business and sentenced 90 days in jail, 60 days of which was suspended. She received credit for seven days served, a $200 fine and probation for one year.
She also received a $50 fine for the driving under suspension charge.