INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has announced the arrests of two women who are accused of robbing five different banks across Indianapolis in the last several months.
Ashley Thompson, 31, and Tazhane Brooks, 25, were both arrested for the bank robberies and face felony robbery charges.
According to police, Thompson and Brooks are accused of robbing four banks in October. Three of the robberies were committed over a span of only two days.
IMPD robbery detectives worked with FBI agents to investigate the October robberies and eventually developed two possible suspects in November, according to police.
On Thursday, Dec. 8, Thompson and Brooks are accused of striking again and robbing a Chase Bank located in the 4700 block of E. 10th Street. Police were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle in the 2500 block of LaSalle Street and both Thompson and Brooks were taken into custody.
Four of the five banks Thompon and Brooks are accused of robbing are Chase Banks. Locations ranged from the city’s north side to the south and east sides.
Court documents reveal the robbers used a piece of paper with a written message threatening to shoot up the banks if the tellers didn’t cooperate. One teller told police she spotted a black firearm magazine sticking out of the robber’s sweatshirt pocket during one of the robberies.
According to court documents, police were tipped off to Thompson and Brooks’ identities in late October after they’d supposedly told some individuals about robbing a Chase Bank. Police had Thompson under surveillance by December.
The court documents reveal officers were tailing Thompson when the duo committed the Dec. 8 robbery. A SWAT team arrested them shortly afterward. Brooks reportedly admitted to a few of the previous robberies while being questioned by police.
The pair only successfully walked out of the bank with money in two of the five robberies, the documents state. In one of the robberies, the pair walked away with $580.
Booking photos of Thompson and Brooks were not available at this time.