IMPD: Bank robbery suspect charged at officer, asked to be shot

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Mugshot of Benjamin Allison from a previous arrest.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Police arrested a bank robbery suspect Monday on the west side.

Officers were called to the Fifth Third Bank located at 7373 West 10th Street around noon on a report of a robbery that had just occurred. The suspect, later identified as 38-year-old Benjamin Allison,  made off with an unknown amount of money after presenting a note to the teller.

As officers investigated the scene, they learned a cab driver had just dropped of a man fitting the suspect’s description at the Bob Evans located on Rockville Road.

When officers arrived at the restaurant, Allison had already left. Officer Kevin LaRussa went to an apartment complex just south of the restaurant to search for him He saw a man matching a description in the 6000 block of Cheshire Road.

LaRussa asked for backup as he confronted Allison with his patrol rifle. He obeyed LaRussa’s orders initially and began to go to the ground. Police say he then stood back up and charged towards LaRussa, repeatedly asking the officer to shoot him.

LaRussa backed up, prompting Allison to run away. LaRussa chased him and eventually Tased the suspect about 20 yards away. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Allison had an undisclosed amount of money in his jacket and the bank teller identified him as the robber. After an interview, he was arrested on suspicion of robbery.

He was wearing an ankle bracelet as part of his supervised release on a different robbery charge. According to police, Allison expressed disappointment that the officer didn’t shoot him.

IMPD commended officer LaRussa for showing extreme restraint and bravery in apprehending the alleged bank robber.