A former Columbus police officer who authorities say robbed the Citizens Trust Bank on Macon Road Wednesday morning was caught by a security guard before he left bank property, authorities said.
Police Chief Ricky Boren identified Edward Pascucci, 53, as the suspect who entered the bank this morning wielding a .357-caliber Magnum. Pascucci served as an officer for almost 15 years before transferring from the police department to animal control.
Pascucci faces charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, jail officials said.. Federal authorities anticipate charging him with bank robbery within days, said Stephen Emmett, special agent/spokesman for the FBI’s Atlanta office.
Authorities say Pascucci walked inside the bank across from Cross Country Plaza at 11:10 a.m. wielding a handgun. He got an undisclosed amount of money, though a bank security guard reached the suspect before he escaped, Emmett said.
“He was apprehended by the bank security guard and was placed into custody by responding officers,” the special agent added.
No one was hurt, police said.
A gun lay on the ground near the front door of the bank after the suspect was taken to the Columbus Public Safety Building. FBI agents examined the gun behind a cordon of yellow crime tape about an hour after the robbery.
The suspect’s white Geo Metro was towed from the bank’s side parking lot at 12:15 p.m.