Batavia man sentenced to 25 years in prison for bank robberies

Batavia man sentenced to 25 years in prison for bank robberies
Bruce Lee Felix (Source: Butler County Jail)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A Batavia man was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 25 years in prison for using a gun to rob two Tri-State banks, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Bruce Lee Felix, 52, was convicted by a jury in July 2019 following a two-and-a-half-week trial, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Southern Ohio said in a news release.

Wearing a mask and brandishing a gun, Felix surprised a maintenance man at the Cheviot Savings Bank on Stone Drive in Harrison, Ohio, about 8 a.m. on June 17, 2015, when the maintenance man was entering the back door of the bank, according to court records and testimony.

Felix placed his gun to the maintenance man’s temple and demanded that he open the vault, the news release states.

Once he realized only bank tellers could open the vault, he ordered the victim down on the floor of the break room, zip-tied his hands behind his back and his feet together, removed the victim’s boots and waited for the tellers to arrive, federal officials said.

When the tellers arrived, Felix ordered them to open the vault and remove the money. He then fled the bank.

The jury also convicted Felix of robbing the Cincinnatus Savings and Loan on Springdale Road on Feb. 4, 2015 when he jumped out of the bushes as two employees were getting ready to enter the bank around 8 a.m. He forced them to open the vault and remove the money before ordering them to lie on the ground and tying their hands behind their backs.

Felix was arrested on Feb. 4, 2017, in Batavia.

The jury found Felix guilty of one count of bank robbery, one count of armed bank robbery and one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

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