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Judge recommends tossing convicted bank robber's lawsuit against police

A Key West bank robber who used a bicycle as his getaway wheels in 2012 hasn't enough evidence to keep a federal civil-rights lawsuit against police alive, according to a U.S. District Court magistrate judge.

Timothy Homrighausen, 56, is serving 70 months for robbing the Bank of America, 3200 Flagler Ave., on Oct. 17, 2012, flashing a note to a teller that read, "This is a robbery and not a joke."

He sued police two years later, on Oct. 21, 2014, filing the suit in Key West with claims of being strip searched in a bar restroom and taunted as he stood naked. Police say no strip search took place.

The lawsuit doesn't hold enough water to proceed to trial, Magistrate Judge Patrick A. White wrote in a 24-page ruling issued April 27 that recommends the case be closed. Judge Jose Martinez will decide.

Police nabbed Homrighausen within a couple of hours after the bank robbery, finding him at a bar on Truman Avenue where he was caught with a backpack stuffed with some of the $5,356 he took from the bank. He pleaded guilty to the Key West robbery and a 2011 bank job in Cocoa Beach.

Homrighausen filed the lawsuit in Key West on Oct. 21, 2014, accusing police officers of taunting him during two strip searches, the first inside the men's room at Don's Place, 1000 Truman Ave., where he was allegedly made to stand "with his genitalia exposed," his handwritten lawsuit states.

The second was at police headquarters, the lawsuit claims, where Homrighausen says a woman circled him while "ogling" his body.

However, White found no physical evidence of any abuse during the arrest.

"Nobody put their hands on him during this incident and he did not receive any cuts or bruises but felt 'very nervous,' 'frightened' and 'frozen,' " White wrote, quoting from court records. "He did not ask for medical care after the incident."

Homrighausen's release date is June 4, 2020, and he remains at a federal prison in Sumterville, Fla.

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