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Former Standout Athlete Charged In Bank Robbery

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AMBRIDGE (KDKA) — A man was arrested today in Ambridge, just moments after police said he held up the Huntington Bank on Merchant Street.

Keith Fisher, 46, was charged with receiving stolen property and the feds are expected to charge him with bank robbery in the next week or so.

“He said that he needed money for food, clothing and housing,” Acting Ambridge Police Chief James Mann said. “He’s having a hard time getting a job because of his [past] criminal record.”

Mann said Fisher almost appeared relieved after he was taken into custody on a porch on Melwood Avenue where police caught up with him, less than a block from the bank. The stolen money was stashed in a cooler. Mann said Fisher was armed with a pellet gun.

Fisher was a 1984 graduate of Ambridge Area High School where he was a standout football player.

Ambridge restaurant owner Jim Holman told KDKA-TV that he saw Fisher play in the early 80′s, before he went to college in Michigan.

“He was a superstar in the making,” he said. “I don’t know why he didn’t go further.”

Tonight, Fisher is being held in the Beaver County Jail.

Stay with KDKA for the latest developments.

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