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Police: 'Possible Connection' Between Louisville Bank Robbery and Lexington Double Murder

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Investigators are looking into a "possible connection" between a Louisville bank robbery and a double murder in Lexington, a Louisville police spokesman said Wednesday.

Investigators have found what may be a connection between the two events, said Officer Phil Russell, a spokesman for the Louisville police Department. Russell declined to give specifics.

Russell said officers from the police department and the FBI have been in Lexington as part of the investigation.

Two men robbed a Chase bank branch in south Louisville on the morning of Aug. 6, getting away with an undisclosed amount of money.

The robbers, believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, appeared to have been wearing masks. They produced a handgun inside the bank and demanded money, then fired two shots just after 9 a.m., wounding two bank employees, police said.

Five days later, Patrick Lewis, 21, and Rodriequs Turner, 25, both of Louisville, died of multiple gunshot wounds in Lexington. Police arrested Carlos Ordway, 26, of Louisville, shortly after arriving at the scene Saturday night.

Ordway was charged with two counts of murder and one count of tampering with physical evidence. He pleaded not guilty Monday in Fayette County District Court and was being held on $500,000 bond.

Ordway has been charged in Jefferson County with a host of violent offenses, including wanton endangerment of a police officer, attempted murder, arson and stalking.

A $25,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects sought in the bank holdup.

Chase is a consumer and commercial banking brand of JPMorgan Chase & Co., headquartered in New York.

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