FISHERS – Five people were arrested Wednesday, accused of robbing a bank in Fishers. The FBI and Fishers police had been keeping tabs on the group for weeks.
Arrested were Olivia Haiflich, Duryea Rogers, Deandre Armour, and Tahita Burnett. A fifth person was also arrested, but the name has not been released. The suspects range in age from 20 to 40 years old.
“For the last several weeks, the FBI’s Indianapolis Safe Streets Task Force, with the Fishers police department, (have been) investigating an armed (and) dangerous bank robbery crew,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Jones.
The robbery happened about 8 a.m. at the Community Bank on Reynolds Drive as an employee was opening for the day. Authorities said two men with guns forced their way inside, leaving the bank with money and the employee’s car. Two additional cars carrying the other suspects left the scene.
Detectives stopped the three cars with the five suspects. Three suspects cooperated. Two of them ran. One was arrested across the street from the Baymont Suites Hotel off 96th Street. The other suspect hid inside a hotel closet before being found and arrested.
“We are trying to determine if everyone is in custody, but we are confident there’s going to be no more bank robberies today,” Jones said.
Jones said they received information that the robbery crew was casing additional banks, and that is why they were in Fishers Wednesday morning.
“This seems to be a larger, well organized group. (A) professional crew that seems to know what they’re doing, at least seem to know what they were doing prior to today,” Jones said.
Several agencies assisted this morning, including Indiana State Police, Indianapolis Metropolitan police, Noblesville police and Carmel police. The suspects will face federal charges, though specific charges have not been announced.
Wednesday morning, a number of people witnessed the suspects being taken into custody. At first, people didn’t know what was going on as several officers swarmed the area around I-69 and 96th Street.
“I called my mom and she turned the news ’cause I figured you guys would all be here. She said it was a bank robbery,” Sawyer Kittle said.
“I saw a cop on the interstate with a gun and I was like, ‘Something’s going on,'” Jillian Bozeman said.
Another witness, Jennifer Brewer, was trying to get to an interview, but couldn’t because the road was blocked off.
“We kinda got caught up in the commotion over here ’cause they were backed up with cars and police officers (were) everywhere,” Brewer said.