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July 03, 2002 00:00



On July 3, 2002, at 2:28 p.m., members of the Auto Theft Task Force (ATTF) and Police Officers from Southeast Precinct arrested 40-year-old Robert James Finanders on nine felony charges including, one count of Robbery in the First Degree, two counts of Attempt Assault in the Second Degree, Parole Violation, two counts Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle Auto after Finanders rammed an unmarked police car in an attempt to escape arrest. Approximately ten minutes earlier, Finanders walked the Bank of the West located at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street and robbed a female bank customer of her deposit bag. Finanders ran from the bank and jumped into a stolen car with the victim in pursuit. The victim and Finanders struggled for a short time and Finanders sped off narrowly missing the victim.

After a witness called 9-1-1, Officer Roger Rothwell of ATTF spotted the stolen car as Finanders pulled into a driveway to count his money. As cover officers arrived, Officer Rothwell pulled into the driveway to block Finanders and avoid a dangerous pursuit. At the same time, Finanders saw Officer Rothwell and accelerated sharply, ramming the police car as the officer jumped out. Finanders pushed the police car four feet into the street and was arrested. Officer Rothwell sustained a minor leg injury.

The deposit bag and its contents were returned to the victim. Finanders was lodged in the Justice Center Jail and is scheduled for arraignment on July 5, 2002.


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