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Bike-riding robbery suspect arraigned

A Spokane man suspected of a series of armed bank robberies that began in December pleaded not guilty to two federal felonies on Thursday.

Lucas G. Woodard, 33, was arrested Oct. 14 after an armed robbery at Washington Trust Bank, 1906 W. Francis. The Federal Bureau of Investigation believes he may be the bicycle-riding bank robber responsible for six other robberies beginning Dec. 22. (A July 28 robbery at Spokane Teachers Credit Union on Indian Trail is pictured.)

Woodard was arraigned Thursday on a grand jury indictment charging him with armed bank robbery and using a firearm in the commission of a violent crime. The robbery charge carries a maximum 25 years in prison; the weapons charge carries a minimum seven years and a maximum sentence of life.

Investigators have searched his rental home at 410 E. High Drive on the South Hill, where they believe Woodard lived alone.

Woodard has no criminal record, is employed at Woodard Construction and was reportedly a regular at Maggie's South Hill Grill. He's being held without bail at the Spokane County Jail after waiving a bail hearing Thursday.

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