Police: Man who shot himself in park involved in Dec. robbery


by Brooke Hasch


Posted on February 7, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 7:27 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Police believe one of the three suspects in Thursday night's robbery was also responsible for a separate bank robbery back in December.

Lucas Ohnimus, 21, shot and killed himself Thursday, Feb. 6, after police surrounded his vehicle in Cherokee Park. He and two others reportedly robbed a PNC Bank, at 1301 Bardstown Rd. just before 5 p.m.

Now, a surveillance photo is revealing a connection to a second robbery at another PNC branch, at 4640 Southern Parkway. A photo shows a man wearing a shiny silver mask, entering the bank on Dec. 26. He's holding a bag, and then demands cash from the teller, never displaying a weapon.

Police say it was a similar situation to Thursday's robbery. They say Ohnimus was with two others, recently identified as 19-year-old Bradley Scarbrough and a 17-year-old male.

"Information that we have received is that three men had actually gotten into an SUV vehicle and fled the scene of the bank robbery," LMPD Spokesperson Alicia Smiley said.

Police found the SUV at Alexander Road and the Scenic Loop, surrounded by children enjoying a snow day along Dog Hill.

"Officers came out and pulled a weapon out and two of them went to the ground," Vicki Beldon, a witness, said.

Scarbrough and the juvenile immediately surrendered to police. But Ohnimus attempted to flee in his vehicle down an icy road. When that failed, police say he stepped out of the car and put a gun to his head.

"I saw the man laying down and I saw a lot of blood," one teenage witness said.

Ohnimus later died at University Hospital. While police continue to investigate both PNC robberies, the only criminal activity attached to Ohnimus' name is an arrest on Jan. 29 for multiple traffic violations, including speeding, reckless driving and possession of an open container of alcohol.