Two Indianapolis men face federal charges in connection with a bank robbery that led to a chase.
Ashton C. Tuggle, 22, and Julius D. Hunt, 25, are accused in last week’s armed robbery at the Huntington Bank in the 2600 block of West 86th Street.
According to a criminal complaint, the car both men were riding in had been stolen. Both federal and local agents had the car under surveillance after it was reported stolen two weeks ago, and investigators spotted the car at the Nora Pines Apartment complex in Indianapolis. On the morning of April 19, Tuggle and Hunt were seen getting into the vehicle and driving it around a shopping complex that included several banks.
Federal agents then saw the men enter the Huntington National Bank. Inside, tellers said the men threatened them with firearms and demanded money. They got away with more than $7,200 in cash.
After the men left the bank, they got into the vehicle and drove off. As police followed, they saw the men throw objects out of the car, including money and an exploded dye pack. Eventually, Tuggle and Hunt abandoned the car and got into another vehicle. Police had the second car staked out and blocked it. According to the criminal complaint, the men rammed a police van in an attempt to escape before they were arrested.
Police found two plastic bags filled with cash as well as multiple firearms.
Investigators said both Tuggle and Hunt have prior convictions for bank robbery. Their arrests come as part of the U.S. Attorney’s Violent Crime Initiative and were the result of a collaborative effort including the FBI and the Carmel, Zionsville, Avon and Indianapolis Metropolitan police departments.
Federal prosecutors said Tuggle and Hunt could face lengthy federal prison terms if convicted as well as federally-supervised release.