Roger Doughten, 78, busted trying to rob Minneapolis bank by off-duty police officer

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Doughten's eyesight must be going. He allegedly tried to rob a bank while a uniformed police officer was inside.
Roger Doughten is on the cusp of becoming an octogenarian, but he wasn't about to let his advanced age get in the way of an ill-fated bank robbery.

At about 6:15 p.m. on June 18, Doughten, 78, strolled into the Wells Fargo on the 2600 block of East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. Police say he handed over a note threatening the clerk's family (wouldn't merely threatening the clerk have been enough?) and asked for money. But Doughten, a Louisville, Kentucky resident, made the mistake of trying to pull off his attempted heist while a uniformed but off-duty Minneapolis police officer was inside working as a bank security guard. He was immediately arrested.

Doughten has been charged with felony counts of simple robbery and making terroristic threats. "I'm not certain if we've ever arrested a robber this old, but he's definitely one of the oldest," FBI spokesman Kyle Loven told the Pioneer Press.

This isn't Doughten's first time at the bank robbery-gone-awry rodeo. He has prior bank robbery-related convictions in Kentucky in 1988, Washington in 1996, and Nebraska in 1998.

In 2004, the New York Times reported that the nation's oldest bank robber, Red Rountree, died in federal prison at age 92 after while serving a 12-year sentence for trying to rob a Texas bank at the ripe old age of 91.

Assuming Doughten gets a similar sentence and serves it out, he'll be 90 when released. Will he try to take Red's title as the nation's oldest bank robber? Check back in 14 years.

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