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Man arrested for Woodland Park robbery, also responsible for COS robbery

Donte Lee, 37, arrested at local motel

Woodland Park bank robbery suspect...

COLORADO SPRINGS - A man who was arrested on Thursday in connection with the robbery of a Woodland Park bank was also the same person that robbed the Herring Bank in Colorado Springs last month. 

Donte Vashaun Lee, 37, robbed the Vectra Bank off Highway 24 on Thursday, according to the Woodland Park Police Department. 

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Following Lee's arrest, a search warrant was executed. Evidence that was recovered during the search led the Colorado Springs Police Department to believe he was also the person behind the aggravated robbery at the Herring Bank off North Nevada Avenue on April 25. 

Lee is currently being held in the Teller County Jail on charges of robbery, theft and felony menacing in connection to the Woodland Park holdup.

"He entered the bank, passed a note, demanded money, threatened violence, did not get it," said Cmdr. Christopher Adams of the Woodland Park Police Department.  "No weapon was seen.  We got multiple calls from different members of the community, saying (that) they knew where he was.  And that led us to his location."

Police said Lee was arrested without trouble around 9 p.m. Thursday at the Rocky Top Motel, just a few miles east of the bank. 

A motel employee said Lee had lived there for a week with his wife and two children.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 checked into Lee's criminal background, which includes a trial scheduled next month for a 2016 assault; three years' probation for a 2015 menacing; and 45 days in jail after pleading guilty of impaired driving in 2014.

Many Woodland Park residents said they were unaware of the robbery, or learned of it later.  A merchant across the street from the bank said police never alerted him to the situation.

"There could have been a lot of consequences if this person had come across the street, held somebody hostage, whatever," said business owner Jeff Book.  "It was very vague, what was going on.  I think somehow, the immediate area should have been (told) what was going on."

Kathy Abbott, a Woodland Park resident, said the holdup reminded her of being robbed when she worked at a bank in Aurora.

"The gun was right at my chest, and they told us to give them the money," she said.  "So I know how the tellers feel during a robbery.  I think everyone experiences the same, whether there's a gun there or not."

Anyone with additional information on the robberies, contact the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.


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