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$1 million bond for 'Sock Hat Bandit'

Police escort the man believed to be the "Sock Hat Bandit" out of the station. (FOX19 NOW) Police escort the man believed to be the "Sock Hat Bandit" out of the station. (FOX19 NOW)
Brian Parnell via Kenton County Jail Brian Parnell via Kenton County Jail

A high bond of $1 million was set Friday morning for the man dubbed the “Sock Hat Bandit," and captured this week after a bank robbery and police chase.

The robber, identified by police as Brian Parnell, is accused of holding up the Fifth Third Bank in Independence and then leading police on a chase along I-275.

Independence Police Captain John Lonaker said in a press conference there is a strong possibility that Parnell, 32, is the serial bank robber known for his trademark sock hat.

The “Sock Hat Bandit” is blamed for at least nine bank robberies across Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana in the past two months.

Police tried to stop a red Honda connected to the Fifth Third robbery at I-275 and Route 17. Parnell fled and crashed into other vehicles in an attempt to weave through traffic, according to the Kenton County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect accelerated directly at a deputy who was attempting to take him into custody. That deputy fired at the vehicle three times.

Parnell eventually crashed at Beech Avenue near Indiana Avenue in Covington. He fled the vehicle on foot, but was apprehended a short time later.

Agents with the FBI reportedly interviewed Parnell after his arrest but have not yet confirmed if he is indeed the serial bank robber. 

"The Covington Resident Agency will continue to work closely with the Independence Police Department, Bellevue Police Department, Boone County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, as well as other FBI field divisions to determine if today's robbery is connected to a series of bank robberies committed by the Sock Hat Bandit in the tri-state area over the past few months," read a statement from the Louisville FBI division. 

The bandit has worn a sock hat in seven robberies and glasses in five. In each case, he has presented a note demanding cash and claimed to have a gun. No injuries were reported during the robberies.

Parnell is charged with robbery, wanton endangerment and fleeing.

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