A video capture from a US Bank surveillance camera during Thursday’s armed robbery at the Greendale branch at 317 Ridge Ave. Two suspects were later taken into custory and charged by Indiana State Police in Indianapolis. Anyone with information on the robbery or suspects is asked to call the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post at 812-689-5000 or the Greendale Police Department at 812-537-1321. (Submitted photo)
A video capture from a US Bank surveillance camera during Thursday’s armed robbery at the Greendale branch at 317 Ridge Ave. Two suspects were later taken into custory and charged by Indiana State Police in Indianapolis. Anyone with information on the robbery or suspects is asked to call the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post at 812-689-5000 or the Greendale Police Department at 812-537-1321. (Submitted photo)
Indiana State Police arrested an Indianapolis man and woman late Thursday night in connection with an armed robbery at a US Bank location in Dearborn County earlier that afternoon.
Investigators with the Indiana State Police and Greendale Police Department arrested Edward L. Collier, 44, and Rheonia L. Jackson, 24, charging both with robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery while armed with a deadly weapon
The felony arrests were made following an investigation into a holdup at the US Bank branch at 317 Ridge Ave. in Greendale, which is along the Ohio River Scenic Byway between the cities of Greendale and Lawrenceburg, that took place shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday.
During the holdup, a suspect entered the bank, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the bank teller. The teller complied with the suspect, who then left the bank with an unknown amount of cash.
The suspect was described as a black male wearing a hat, glasses, fake beard, gloves and a coat depicting playing cards and an investigation revealed that he left the scene in a Buick LeSabre passenger car.
A short time later, a Buick LeSabre was found parked near the bank, unoccupied and with the engine running. A nearby security camera revealed that a man matching the description of the robbery suspect had parked the vehicle at that location before getting into an orange- or red-colored Dodge Charger being driven by another person. The Buick was later discovered to have recently been stolen from Indianapolis.
A photo of the Dodge Charger was released and sent to police departments between Greendale and Indianapolis. At approximately 4 p.m., ISP Trooper Charles Herron observed a vehicle matching the car’s description traveling westbound on Interstate 74 near the 105 mile marker, approaching Indianapolis.
Herron conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near the 96 mile marker with the assistance of Troopers Walter Butt, Michael Wright, Nicholas Price, Brandon Gray and James Williams. The vehicle’s occupants, Collier and Jackson, were found to be in possession of US currency, a handgun, and other evidence related to the bank robbery and were detained for further investigation.
That investigation revealed that after Collier allegedly robbed the bank, he drove the Buick to a nearby parking lot where Jackson picked him up in the Dodge and they then drove to Rising Star Casino in Rising Sun where they discarded the disguise and clothing allegedly worn by Collier during the robbery. They also discarded money wrappers that were removed from the cash taken during the holdup and then left the casino and attempted to return to Indianapolis where they were stopped by troopers in Marion County.
Following the investigation in Marion County, both Collier and Jackson were arrested and transported to the Dearborn County Jail where they were both incarcerated on felony charges of robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery while armed with a deadly weapon. Both suspects are being held pending initial appearances in Dearborn County Circuit Court.
Indiana State Police and the Greendale Police Department continue to investigate the robbery. The Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office and the Dearborn County Prosecutor’s Office are assisting in the investigation and additional charges are possible.
Anyone with any additional information about the bank robbery or the suspects is asked to call the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post at 812-689-5000 or the Greendale Police Department at 812-537-1321.