October 14, 2011 in City

Bicycle Bandit gets 17 years in federal prison


The “bicycle bandit,” who committed nine armed bank robberies in Spokane from which he fled on a bike, has been sentenced to 17 years in federal prison.

Lucas G. Woodard, 34, was sentenced Thursday after previously pleading guilty to the robberies, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern Washington.

Woodard robbed nine banks between December 2009 and October 2010, when he was arrested after fleeing a Washington Trust Bank branch at 1906 W. Francis Ave.

Spokane police Sgt. Jason Hartman, who was off-duty at the time, heard radio traffic about a bank robbery, saw Woodard fleeing the scene and steered his patrol vehicle into the path of Woodard’s bicycle. When Woodard fell to the ground, a Glock 9 MM semi-automatic pistol and some rounds of ammunition fell out of his backpack.

Hartman later received department commendations for his actions.

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