Bank Robbery Suspect Admits To Abduction

Posted On February 08, 2012

Joseph Weir



A police sketch of the man who allegedly abducted a woman in Crestview Hills, Ky.

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(Crestview Hills, Ky.) – Police may have identified the man who allegedly abducted a woman in northern Kentucky, then released her in Cleves last year.


Joseph Weir, 39, of Covington, is behind bars for a bank robbery he allegedly committed in Covington on December 5.


Investigators say Weir, while in custody, confessed to taking 74-year-old Ann Ernst at gunpoint from the Crestview Hills Town Center on May 31, 2011.


Ernst was left tied to a tree in Cleves as her car and purse were taken. She told police the man who took her had buck teeth and wore a brimmed army-style hat.


Weir is being held on a $50,000 bond in the Kenton County Jail related to the bank robbery charge. Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney’s are working on charges relating to the alleged abduction.




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