Lexington men charged with bank robbery make initial court appearances

jwarren@herald-leader.comFebruary 25, 2014 

Two men arrested after a bank robbery in Lexington appeared Tuesday in Fayette District Court.

Judge Megan Lake Thornton entered not guilty pleas for Robert Jeffrey Goins, 45, and Devin Lovette, 23. Both men live in Lexington.

Goins is charged with first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence in the holdup at the Central Bank branch on Richmond Road Monday morning.

Thornton assigned Goins' case to the public defender's office after Goins said he couldn't afford to hire a lawyer. Goins is to return to court March 7.

Police said Goins entered the branch bank and "implied immediate physical force" against employees.

According to police, he displayed a note demanding money, keeping one hand in his jacket as if he had a gun. He fled with an undetermined amount of cash, they said.

The robbery occurred about 9:15 a.m. Monday.

Police arrested Goins about 45 minutes later at a residence on St. Michael Drive after officers received information from a second man arrested in the case.

That man, Lovette, is not charged with robbing the bank. He was arrested Monday on several outstanding warrants, including receiving a stolen firearm and wanton endangerment.

In court Tuesday, Thornton entered not guilty pleas on Lovette's behalf and assigned his case to the public defender. Thornton is due back in court March 5.

According to police, Lovette told officers he was at a gas station Monday morning when a man asked him for a ride. Police said Lovette dropped off the man on Saint Michael Drive, where officers later arrested Goins.

Police said they found money from the bank concealed in furniture.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @hlpublicsafety.

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