Five people face federal charges in connection with last week’s bank robbery in Fishers.
According to U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, Xavier Hardy, 26, and Duryea Rogers, 26, are charged with armed bank robbery and using a firearm in a crime of violence. Deandre Armour, 37, Tahitia Burnett, 40, and Olivia Haiflich, 20, are charged with aiding and abetting that robbery, as well as using a firearm in a crime of violence.
According to Hogsett, the five were part of a “sophisticated scheme” to rob banks. He said they had “no regard for the law or the safety of others.”
According to prosecutors, Hardy and Rogers jumped a bank employee as she was unlocking the back door at the Community Bank on Reynolds Drive. They pointed a gun at the employee, ordering her to open the door and telling her not to panic.
Prosecutors said the pair then told the employee to disarm the building’s security system and unlock the vault. They started yelling at the employee when she told them she needed a second passcode to do that. The suspects then took the woman’s purse, car keys and identification, leading her to a break room where they bound her hands and feet with zip-ties.
The pair left the building and took the employee’s vehicle; two other vehicles followed. Investigators said the other two vehicles had been watching the bank. Fishers police and units with the Federal Bureau of Investigation pursued all three cars.
Police quickly captured Hardy, but Rogers managed to get away. He was later found inside a closet in a nearby hotel. Burnett, Armour and Haiflich were apprehended in the other two vehicles.
According to prosecutors, federal authorities first became aware of the suspects after an informant said they were planning several bank robberies in the month of June. Investigators said Kokomo police had stopped several of the suspects earlier in the year after they were seen driving around a rural bank at night.
The defendants are all due in court Wednesday afternoon for detention hearings.