Update: Bank robbery stopped by customer

By: Kayla Bremer

A bank robbery late Saturday morning leaves a man behind bars and a brave customer a hero.

The robber would have managed to get out of the bank successfully, but a customer stopped him and held him down until police arrived.

It happened at the Union Bank on 48th and Dudley around 11:40 in the morning.

Police say 23–year–old Brett Dovel walked in with the lower half of his face covered with a scarf.  He demanded cash from a bank teller who gave him the money, then turned to leave.  That's when 28–year–old Garrett Bush stepped in.

“The white male attempted to leave where he was confronted by a customer who blocked his path from escaping from the bank,” Capt. Danny Reitan of the Lincoln Police Department said.  “There was a short struggle.  The white male was held down until police could arrive.”

Police say Dovel did have a pocket knife on him, but it was never opened.

“No threats were made, no weapons were displayed.”

Dovel was taken to the police station downtown and questioned.  He was arrested for robbery and third degree assault.

Police say he could see a judge as early as Monday or Tuesday.

While it worked out in this case, Reitan says it's never a good idea to put yourself in harms way.

“Basically what we would encourage is let the person leave, be a good witness and that way we're not endangering other folks by keeping them there and creating a more serious situation than what it already is.”

No one was significantly hurt and all the money was recovered from the scene.