Off-Duty Deputy Facilitates Robbery Suspect’s Quick Capture

Posted On May 23, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Devon Edmonston Boone County Sheriff's Office

Devon Edmonston
Boone County Sheriff’s Office

(Burlington, Ky.) – A homeless man is accused of holding up a Burlington bank Friday morning.

The robbery occurred at about 9:10 a.m. at the Heritage Bank at 1818 Florence Pike. Boone County Sheriff’s investigators say Devon S. Edmonston, 34 formerly of LaGrange, Kentucky, produced a note demanding money and telling the teller he had a bomb.

Unbeknownst to Edmonston, an off-duty deputy was also in the bank but unaware of the robbery as it was transpiring.

“As Edmonston was leaving the bank Kotzbauer learned of the robbery and followed him on foot all the while providing his location and direction of travel to a 911 operator who relayed the information to responding units,” said sheriff’s office spokesman Tom Scheben in a news release.

Edmonston was apprehended in the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex when the first on-duty deputy arrived. The off-duty officer pointed him out.

Edmonston is charged with Robbery 1st degree, a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in the state penitentiary.