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Sock Hat Bandit Indicted by Federal Government

The Sock Hat Bandit was indicted by the federal government Thursday on three counts of bank robbery.

Brian Parnell, 31, remains behind bars at the Kenton County Detention Center. He was booked on June 18 after a two-month series of alleged bank robberies in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. Parnell, of Dayton, Ohio, was captured in Covington shortly after allegedly robbing a bank in Independence.

His three federal charges are related to robberies in Independence, Hebron, and Bellevue. Investigators suspect Parnell in a dozen bank robberies in the three states.

According to a news release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, additional probably cause evidence has been obtained by the agency to warrant the new charges.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Howard Marshall stated that even in this high-tech age, bank robberies continue to be a cause for concern. In 2014 alone, there were 3,879 
bank robberies across the United States which included 134 acts of violence resulting in 63 injuries and 13 deaths. Marshall expressed appreciation for the collaboration, 
cooperation and partnership the FBI shares with local law enforcement partners in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The FBI Covington Resident Agency will continue to 
coordinate with FBI regional offices in Indianapolis and Cincinnati to determine if Parnell is responsible for any additional bank robberies in the region.

Parnell is being held on $1 million bond.

-Staff report