Police: Niles bank robber tries again, gets caught this time

Employees said a man, later identified as 34-year-old Patrick Marsh, tried to get in bank's locked doors

Patrick Marsh, suspected in a bank robbery in Niles, Ohio

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Niles police arrested a man they said attempted to rob the Chemical Bank Thursday, and they believe he was also involved in a previous robbery there.

Officers were called to the bank on Youngstown Road about 4:15 p.m. Employees said a man, later identified as 34-year-old Patrick Marsh, tried to get inside.

Witnesses said Marsh was wearing a mask as he tried to open the locked doors about ten minutes after the bank closed. He ended up leaving when he couldn’t get inside.

The employees who were inside, however, recognized him.

Officers searched the area and found Marsh on Route 46. They said they found him with a nail gun that was painted black and he was wearing clothing that matched the description of the suspect involved in a Jan. 20 robbery at the same bank.

In that incident, police said he passed a note, demanding money, and got away with a couple thousand dollars.

“The jacket was incredibly similar to the images from the first robbery and the mask did pair a lot of similarities from the mask in the first robbery as well,” Capt. John Marshall said.

Police said Marsh confessed to the Jan. 20 robbery when officers questioned him. He even hinted at a possible motive for the crime.

“Stated that he had some chemical dependency issues that stem from a car accident. I believe addiction to pain medication that was prescribed at the time to deal with pain from the accident,” Marshall said.

He is charged with felony bank robbery and is being held on $10,000 bond. Marsh is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.

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