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One woman in custody in connection with bank robbery

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One woman is in custody tonight after police say she robbed a bank in Sylvania Township.  Officers brought traffic to a standstill for hours right in front of 13abc's studio in the search for the suspect.

It started at the Woodforest National Bank inside the Walmart on Central Avenue around 6:30pm.  It ended on Dorr Street between Richards and Byrne.

13abc's cameras were rolling as Sylvania Police raced down Dorr Street.  Officers blocked traffic at Dorr and Richards bringing eastbound traffic to a halt.

Officers say they knew the car involved in the robbery was somewhere in the traffic jam.

Several drivers and passengers were asked to step out of their cars as police searched for the suspect.

As 13abc reporters and photographers witnessed the scene, they saw police focus heavily on a black car with two women and two young children inside.

Officers allowed cars to start moving again but the suspected vehicle ran out of gas.  So officers from several departments pushed the car down the street .  When they got to Byrne, the passenger was in handcuffs and on her way to the police station.

Sylvania Township Deputy Police Chief Ray Carroll apologized for the traffic inconvenience but said "It was necessary because we weren't sure what vehicle it was; but we knew it was there."

Tracy Davidson, who was stuck in traffic said "Let them do what they have to do.  I don't mind waiting. Don't mind waiting at all."

Police have charged the passenger, Diona Ellis, in connection with the bank robbery.  She is being held in the Lucas County Jail and is scheduled to be in court Wednesday morning.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The driver of the car was released.  Police believe she had nothing to do with the crime.  And they say they recovered all the money.

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