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2 in custody in connection to Council Bluffs bank robbery

Posted at 6:29 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 21:09:17-04

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KMTV) — Council Bluffs Police say the U.S. Bank at 350 34th Avenue in Council Bluffs was held up around 2:15 p.m. Friday.

Police say one of the suspects walked inside the bank while the other waited in a getaway vehicle. The robber handed a note to a teller demanding money.

The teller gave the robber an undetermined amount of cash and the suspect fled the business. No weapon was shown and no one was hurt.

Witnesses described the getaway vehicle as a Green Honda Pilot with Nebraska license plates.

Police caught up with the suspect vehicle shortly after they learned it was traveling eastbound on I-80. The Honda Pilot then led officers on a short pursuit.

They used the P.I.T. Maneuver tactic, which stands for pursuit intervention technique, to stop the vehicle at Railroad Highway and Highway 6 in Council Bluffs.

Officers apprehended two men without incident.

Police booked 49-year-old Patrick Spagnotti of Omaha and 40-year-old George McGinness of Colfax, Iowa.

The FBI assisted the Council Bluffs Police Department with the investigation.

Both suspects are facing 3rd degree robbery and 1st degree theft charges. Spignotti also had two outstanding warrants.