There’s been a lot of chatter among media-types about the PNC Bank robbery in the Highlands last week. Three guys robbed the bank and attempted to escape through Cherokee Triangle and Cherokee Park.
When eventually stopped by police, two of the suspects – an unnamed minor and Brad Scarbrough – got out of their get-away vehicle and surrendered. The other guy, Lucas Ohnimus, tried to escape, couldn’t and then shot himself in the head. He died a bit later that day from his self-inflicted wound.
Note: There’s a lot of speculation that Ohnimus was involved a similar December robbery but nothing conclusive has yet been released by police.
He was involved in this:
ALL FROM FACEBOOK
We were able to identify the accused minor, believed to be pictured here a couple years ago with Scarbrough, but won’t be revealing his name until police release that information:
After spending several hours digging through their Facebook profiles, communicating with their friends and such, it seems clear that Ohnimus and Scarbrough were both in financially difficult situations and appear to have been under extreme emotional stress.
That doesn’t excuse their actions, no, but it seems like an important part of the story that local media hasn’t picked up on. Or, more likely, has chosen to ignore because it complicates the overall sensational operational strategy of crime, blood and gore selling advertising while driving up panicked viewership.
There’s always a reason for people to take part in criminal acts like this. Here’s hoping Scarbrough and the minor eventually share that story with the public. Seems like there’s a lot this community could and should learn about helping youth/young adults today.