Man Runs From Courtroom After Pleading Guilty To Robbery Charges


UPDATED: Monday March 11, 2013 3:01 PM

A personal trainer and one-time bodybuilding competitor ran from a courtroom on Monday after pleading guilty to robbery charges, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

According to the paper, Miguel Neil pleaded guilty to five counts in connection with robberies at a Wendy's restaurant on Nov. 8 and a Bureau of Motor Vehicles agency on Nov. 15.

Neil said he ran from the courtroom to say goodbye to his son, because he thought he could turn himself in at 3 p.m., the newspaper reported.

Police had arrested Neil after striking him with a cruiser on the Far North Side after watching him when he robbed the BMV office.

Police also shot at him and missed. He was eventually brought down with a Taser inside of a children's dance studio.

The Dispatch reported that Neil was a suspect in as many as 30 robberies. As part of a plea deal, he will not be charged with the other robberies.

According to the paper, Neil won the men's bodybuilding title at the Arnold Amateur at the Arnold Classic in 2007.

He was released from federal prison in 2005 after being sentenced to five years for a Columbus bank robbery, the Dispatch reported.

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