Men sentenced to federal prison after string of armed robberies at Indianapolis businesses

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Darian Dowdell (left) and Armand Fuller (right)

Darian Dowdell (left) and Armand Fuller (right)

INDIANAPOLIS (July 1, 2015) – Two Indianapolis men arrested in a string of armed robberies across central Indiana pleaded guilty Wednesday and were sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.

Darian Dowdell, 23, and Armand Fuller, 22, both from Indianapolis, are accused of robbing 13 different businesses around the Indianapolis area at gunpoint with a third man, Fletcher Greer, 22. The crimes happened between November 2013 and February 2014.

The targets included four Speedway gas stations, five McDonald’s locations, a Jack in the Box, a Starbucks and a Little Caesar’s. In one of the robberies, they pointed a gun at the head of a pregnant worker and demanded cash and her cell phone. In another, they pointed guns at customers and demanded they turn over personal items like cell phones and a laptop.

Surveillance footage allowed investigators to link the crimes because of the men’s distinctive clothing and weapons.

On Feb. 18, 2014, the trio robbed a Steak ‘n Shake in Brownsburg and led units from Brownsburg police, IMPD and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force on a chase in Hendricks County. Their car failed to navigate a curve on a snowy road and crashed into a ditch.

Fletcher Greer

Fletcher Greer

All three were arrested and in possession of distinctive clothing and firearms seen in surveillance footage of the earlier robberies. Police recovered five firearms: two Tech 22, .22 caliber handguns; a .38 caliber revolver; a .357 caliber revolver; and a stolen .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. All had been used during the robbery spree.

After completing their 25-year sentence in federal prison, the judge also ordered Fuller and Dowdell to serve five years of supervised release and ordered them to pay $18,000 in restitution to the businesses and individuals they targeted.

In April, Greer was sentenced to 15 years in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in the crime spree.