The federal grand jury meeting in Bowling Green, Kentucky this week charged three Henderson County, Kentucky residents with multiple counts of bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.
Weston Neel Hurd, age 39, of Henderson, Kentucky, was charged with robbing two banks located in Owensboro, Kentucky and one bank located in Henderson, Kentucky between August 6, 2012 and December 28, 2012. Specifically, Hurd is alleged to have brandished a firearm during the robbery of the First Security Bank, located on Frederica Street, in Owensboro, of $1,131 on December 28, 2012. Further, according to the indictment, Hurd, through force, violence and intimidation allegedly robbed the Ohio Valley Financial Group, in Henderson, Kentucky of $2,651 on August 6, 2012 and that Hurd robbed the Kentucky Telco Federal Credit Union, located in Owensboro, of $2,878 on October 2, 2012.
If convicted at trial, Hurd faces no more than 20 years for counts one and two, no more than 25 years for county three, and no less than seven years to life for count four, for a combined total of 72 years in prison including life, a $250,000 fine for each count, and five years of supervised release. Hurd is being held in the Daviess County Detention Center.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Kinnicutt, and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Owensboro Police Department and Henderson Police Department.
Meiesha R. Sharp, 23, of Henderson, Kentucky, was charged in a four-count federal grand jury indictment with robbing a convenience store and a bank, both located in Henderson, Kentucky and with brandishing a firearm, specifically an AMT, Model Backup, .380 caliber pistol, during a crime of violence. According to the indictment, Sharp robbed the Kangaroo Express store, located in Henderson, on June 25, 2012 and robbed the Fifth Third Bank, located in Henderson, of $29,068.95 on June 29, 2012, and on both occasions did assault and put in jeopardy the life of another person by the use of a dangerous weapon, that is a firearm.
If convicted at trial, Sharp faces 77 years and up to including life in prison, a fine of $1,000,000 and no more than five years of supervised release for each charge. Sharp remains in the Henderson County Detention Center.
This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Micah Reyner and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Henderson Police Department.
James A. Morris, 53, of Henderson, Kentucky, was charged with robbing five banks in Henderson, and one bank in Webster County, Kentucky between July 23, 2010 and January 17, 2013. An additional charge of money laundering was added in the superseding indictment. According to the indictment, Morris, through force, violence, and intimidation, allegedly robbed Green River Credit Union located in Henderson on January 17, 2013; Independence Bank located in Henderson on August 22, 2012; Bank of Henderson on August 22, 2012; Green River Credit Union in Henderson, on July 11, 2012; U.S. Bank in Henderson on May 24, 2011; and Integra Bank in Poole Kentucky on July 23, 2010.
If convicted at trial, Morris faces no more than 20 years in prison for each count for a combined maximum of 140 years, a $250,000 fine for each count for a combined maximum of $1,750,000, and supervised release for a period of three years. Morris remains in custody awaiting arraignment on the new charge.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Judd and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The two suspects from last Wednesday's armed robbery of the Dale Pharmacy, Jacob D. Beyers, 26, Mt. Vernon and Mallory A. Johnson, 27, Mt. Vernon, have been taken into custody in Knoxville, TN by the U.S. Marshal's Service.
Indiana State Police Master Trooper Detective Rob Gardner said, "Thank you to all of the people that called in with tips on who these individuals were. Without the public's help, identifying and locating Beyers and Johnson would have been a lot more difficult."
SOURCE: Indiana State Police - Nixle
MALLORY A. JOHNSON AND JACOB D. BEYERS
Evansville Police are looking into the possibility that the suspect in a home invasion robbery on Adams Ave this week was also involved in a home invasion robbery on S. Linwood Ave on February 3rd, 2013.
Earlier this week, Dennis Anderson forced his way into a home in the 500 block of Adams after asking the resident for some water. He assaulted the 80 year old homeowner and demanded money. The resident was able get his handgun and shoot Anderson. Anderson fled, but arrived at Deaconess Hospital a short time later to get treatment for a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
In the February case, a 72 year old woman was robbed by a man police believe to be Anderson. The victim told officers a man had knocked on her door and asked for water. The man forced his way in and assaulted her. He then stole her wallet and ran from the house.
Anderson is still in the hospital. His condition is not available. Anderson will be arrested as soon as he is medically able to be housed at the jail.
SOURCE: Evansville Police Department News Release
Evansville Police have filed charges in the case involving the "person with a gun" call at Evansville Day School on February 25th. Multiple law enforcement personnel from EPD and the VCSO responded to the school after an employee received a call stating there was a person in the school with a gun. After securing the school, investigators determined the call was false.
The initial information gathered during the investigation indicated the call came from inside of the building. Investigators could not find any evidence to support those statements so the investigation focused on the possibility that the call came from somewhere off campus.
While units were on scene at the school, the 5/3rd Bank at Weinbach and Lloyd was robbed. The suspect in the robbery, John Martinez, was arrested the next day. Investigators began looking into the possibility that the two events were connected, but could not find any immediate link.
Investigators were eventually able to obtain the phone records for the school and were able to get the phone number the call came from. They determined the phone was a pre-paid cell phone. Investigators were able to track the phone back to Martinez.
Police think Martinez made the call to the school believing it would prevent a quick response to the bank. Despite both incidents going on at the same time, the first EPD officer arrived at the bank within 1 minute of the robbery.
Martinez is charged with False Informing and Intimidation for the incident at Day School. Both are Class D Felonies.
He is also facing charges related to the Bank Robbery.
Evansville Police are continuing their investigation into a home invasion robbery that ended when the victim shot the suspect. Officers responded to 501 Adams at 6:45pm after the homeowner called 911.
The suspect is in the hospital after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. His name is not being released pending charges being filed. His condition is not being released at this time.
The victim, 80 year old Ted Miracle, told investigators that the suspect knocked on his door and asked for water. The suspect then forced his way into the house and assaulted Miracle. The suspect then forced Miracle into a bedroom and demanded money. As the suspect began to look through Miracle's belongings, Miracle was able to retrieve a handgun that was kept in the bedroom for personal protection.
Miracle told investigators he fired one shot and the suspect ran out of the house. Miracle told officers he was not sure if he had shot the suspect or not.
While officers were on scene at the house, the suspect arrived at Deaconess with a gunshot wound. He was identified as the suspect from the robbery and assault.
Evansville Police are investigating a home invasion robbery in the 500 block of Adams Ave that ended with the homeowner shooting the suspect. The incident happened around 6:45 this evening.
The homeowner was assaulted by the suspect during the robbery. Police believe the homeowner was able to arm himself during the robbery and fired at least one shot at the suspect.
The suspect fled the home before officers arrived. He arrived at Deaconess Hospital a short time later for treatment for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. His current condition is unavailable. The names of the homeowner and the suspect are not being released at this time.
The investigation is on-going.
SOURCE: Evansville Police Department
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people who allegedly beat and robbed a female victim in northern Vanderburgh County earlier this month. On March 10th, shortly after 1 AM, the victim sought treatment for injuries at a local hospital. She told Sheriff’s Office investigators that at approximately 11:45 PM on the 9th, she was going to her car parked at a residence in the 15,000 block of Old Petersburg Rd. when she was assaulted and robbed.
The victim stated that her assailants, a man and a woman, held her down, kicked and beat her using brass knuckles. They stole her purse and cell phone and fled the scene. The victim received medical treatment for her injuries including stitches to cuts on her head.
The victim was able to identify both assailants and arrest warrants were obtained. With the assistance of the US Marshal Fugitive Task Force, Justin Michael Vallee and Cierra Dione Greene were arrested without incident yesterday evening. They are each currently being held in the Vanderburgh County Detention Center on $5,000 bond awaiting a court appearance.
Justin Michael Vallee, age 24, Evansville
Cierra Dione Greene, 24, Evansville
Robbery w/Serious Bodily Injury Class A Felony
Robbery Class C Felony
Battery w/Deadly Weapon Class C Felony
SOURCE: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office - Nixle
*UPDATE: Evansville Police have arrested 43 year-old John L. Martinez in connection with the bank robbery at 5/3rd Bank. Martinez wa developed as a suspect during the investigation. He was located today and arrested without incident during a traffic stop on the north side. Martinez was charged with Robbery, Class C Felony.
*ORIGINAL POST: Evansville Police are searching for a bank robbery suspect. The robbery happened at the 5/3rd Bank at 115 N. Weinbach. The robbery was dispatched at 10:34 this morning. The first officer arrived at 10:35.
The suspect came into the bank wearing a black ski mask, black zip-up hoodie, grey sweatpants, and light colored gloves. He was carrying a black backpack. The suspect is believed to be a white male, 5'11", 185lbs. There was no information given about a weapon being displayed.
The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money
SOURCE: Evansville Police Department - Nixle
JOHN L. MARTINEZ
From an Evansville Police Department Nixle Release:
The ATF is offering a reward for information about the recent string of armed robberies in Evansville.
A reward of up to $5,000 will be given for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Police believe the suspect has committed robberies at Hacienda, Sally Beauty Supply, Premiere Tan, and Burger King. The suspect displayed a handgun in 4 of the robberies. He is described as a white make, 5”07’-5”08’, and medium build. The suspect covered his face with a paper towel during the robberies.
Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF office or Evansville Police.
ATF Office 812-461-5005 or Evansville Police 812-436-7979
PHOTO: Evansville Police
Update - January 13, 2013: Bank robbery suspect Gary Snelling is in EPD custody. He was arrested following a vehicle chase on Evansville's west side around 9:30pm.
Original Post: The Evansville Police Department has identified the suspect from the robbery at 5/3rd Bank on 01/12/13. Police are looking for 33 year old Gary Wayne Snelling. Snelling is 5'10" and 290lbs. He does not have a permanent address at this time and there is no known vehicle description. Snelling implied he had a weapon during the robbery, but never displayed one. Anyone with information on Snelling's location is asked to call Evansville Police.Contact Information:
Evansville Police Detective Office
Gary Wayne Snelling