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Man admits kidnapping, Hammond bank robbery

Updated: May 1, 2013 1:52PM



A man faces life in prison after agreeing to plead guilty to robbing a Hammond bank a year ago and kidnapping someone across state lines for ransom, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Hammond.

Ronald Parks was originally arrested and charged last April with robbing the Citizens Bank at 5311 Hohman Ave. on April 2. However, while awaiting trial in that case, federal attorneys filed a second case against him charging him with kidnapping.

According to court records, about a month before the bank robbery, he kidnapped someone identified only as JM from Indiana and took the person to Illinois in order to demand money for their release.

No information was available on where the victim is from, but a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Hammond said the Hammond Police Department helped investigate the case.

Parks faces up to 20 years in prison on the robbery count and life in prison on the kidnapping count.

According to the plea agreement, Parks will repay $4,098 to Citizens.

A date had not been set for a change of plea hearing, according to court records.



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