Two people accused of robbing a Plainfield bank last week, resulting in the death of a co-conspirator, will face federal charges.
According to U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, Demetrius Worley, 24, and Lori A. Armstrong, 44, robbed the State Bank of Lizton Branch in Plainfield on Friday. After that robbery, they led police on a chase that ended in the death of a third suspect, 43-year-old William McKnight.
The federal charges against Armstrong and Worley include bank robbery and using a firearm during a robbery
According to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday, members of the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force were investigating an armed robbery at the First Financial Bank branch on Madison Avenue in Indianapolis. As part of that investigation, authorities had a vehicle believed to be connected to that crime under surveillance.
On Friday, May 10, federal agents tracked the vehicle to Plainfield, where it stopped at the State Bank of Lizton at 2100 Stafford Road. Members of the task force saw two men—presumed to be McKnight and Worley—enter the bank and then leave after robbing it. Investigators said Armstrong was driving the getaway car.
Authorities went after the vehicle, resulting in a chase. The car stopped briefly to let McKnight out and then drove off. McKnight refused repeated orders to put down his gun, and was shot and killed. The car was later stopped, leading to the arrest of Armstrong. Shortly after that, Worley was taken into custody in a residential area.
A search of the suspects’ vehicle turned up about $6,900—the same amount stolen from the Plainfield bank. Investigators also found clothing consistent with that of the robbery suspects.
According to court records, Worley is on parole for an earlier bank robbery conviction. Prison records show he visited McKnight while McKnight was in prison. The arrests were part of a collaborative investigation involving the FBI and Hendricks County law enforcement.
Worley and Armstrong could face lengthy prison terms if convicted, according to federal prosecutors.