Surveillance photo of the man and woman who robbed First Merchants Bank in East Chicag, Ind. on Saturday. | Supplied photo from the FBI
Updated: April 4, 2014 10:54PM
An East Chicago couple, wanted for robbing a bank in the city last Saturday, were arrested Friday in Missouri, according to the FBI, which did not provide details on how or where the arrests occurred.
Jeremiah Ellis, 28 and Ashley Patterson, 24, both of East Chicago, are charged with robbing First Merchant Bank, 4740 Indianapolis Blvd., and fleeing in a sport utility vehicle, firing shots at pursuing police at two different times during the chase, authorities said.
Police Chief Mark Becker said police lost sight of the SUV as it entered Hammond near 149th and Walnut streets. Police recovered shell casings from what appeared to be an automatic weapon at both shooting sites, he said.
No one was wounded in the shooting, Becker said, and officers did not return fire because the chase took place through residential areas.
Ellis and Patterson entered the bank about 11 a.m., and Ellis jumped the counter to the tellers cage while Patterson ordered customers and workers to the floor, authorities said. Becker said more than 10 people were inside the bank at the time of the holdup.
On Thursday, authorities had broadcast several alerts, stating that the couple was travelling in a grey Mitsubishi sedan and that two children may be traveling with them. It could not be learned Friday whether children were with them when they were apprehended.
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