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Man denies attempted bank robbery

A Kentucky man who allegedly tried to demand money from tellers in a drive-through robbery attempt at an Ironton bank made an appearance Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Dustin Egbert, 28, of 60 Jeremiah’s Court, Greenup, was arraigned on counts of third-degree attempt to commit robbery and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a hoax weapon of mass destruction. Egbert pleaded not guilty.

According to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson, Egbert allegedly tried to rob the Liberty Federal Bank on Park Avenue on Dec. 27, 2010, by sending a note through the drive-through demanding money, showing what he claimed was an explosive device.

Anderson said Egbert left the bank before police arrived and without any money.

Egbert was arrested three days later in Lewis County, Ky.

Earlier this month in Scioto County Common Pleas Court, Egbert pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree robbery of the Charter One Bank in Portsmouth. The man robbed the bank on Dec. 11, 22 and 27, where he also claimed he had an explosive device. He will be sentenced at a future date.

Egbert also faces other charges stemming from an alleged escape attempt while being housed at the Lewis County, Ky., Jail after his initial arrest. While at the jail, Egbert allegedly assaulted two jailers with a homemade knife and tried to escape. The man was later charged with attempted murder, three counts of assault, promoting contraband and attempted escape.