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EC couple indicted in March bank robbery

FBI agent enters East Chicago branch First Merchants Bank following an armed robbery Saturday. | Mike Nolan/Sun-Times Media

FBI agent enters East Chicago branch of First Merchants Bank following an armed robbery Saturday. | Mike Nolan/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 19, 2014 2:23PM



An East Chicago couple has been charged by indictment in connection to a recent bank robbery in East Chicago that ended with shots being fired at police.

Jeremiah Ellis and Ashley Patterson, who are married, both face one count each of bank robbery by force and using a gun during a crime of violence, according to an indictment filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond.

The couple is accused of going into a First Merchants Bank on March 29, ordering everyone to the ground and stealing $9,967 from the tellers.

A witness followed the suspects as they left the bank and was able to tell police where they were. A police chase ensued, and the FBI says Ellis got out of the Chevy Tahoe at one point and fired shots at police.

The pursuing cops lost sight of the vehicle as it fled into Hammond, but according to court records, several people called in tips about Ellis and Patterson after seeing security video of the robbers and the getaway vehicle.

The two were arrested a few days later in Missouri.

An initial appearance has not been scheduled, according to court records.



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