Teens plead not guilty to attempted bank robbery on Halloween

PAXTON — Two Piper City teenagers pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of attempted aggravated robbery in connection with an incident on Halloween morning in which they allegedly entered a bank in Roberts while wearing disguises and pointing BB-guns at people.

Ford County State’s Attorney Matt Fitton said that Judge Steve Pacey found probable cause during Monday’s preliminary hearing to move forward with the prosecution of Ryan A. Redmon, 19, and Damon J. Lee, 18. Pretrial hearings were set for Dec. 18 for each.

Both remained at the Ford County jail on Monday, with bond set at $100,000 for Redmon and $75,000 for Lee.

Each is charged with one count of attempted aggravated robbery, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in prison, in connection with the Oct. 31 crime at the Vermilion Valley Bank, 136 E. Green St., Roberts.

Redmon and Lee never demanded or took any money while in the bank, police said, and no injuries were reported. Meanwhile, the document charging the two teens alleges that they “performed a substantial step toward the commission” of a robbery through their actions.

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