Suspects in Hammond bank robbery flee to Gary before arrest: police

Chicago Tribune 1 month ago

A bank robbery in Hammond Tuesday morning ended with the arrest of two men in Gary.

At 9:12 a.m., Hammond police officers were called to First Financial Bank, 2705 169th St., in the city’s Hessville section for a robbery in progress, a release states.

Two men wearing hats and masks on their faces showed handguns and demanded money from bank employees before fleeing just before the arrival of police, according to police.

A Hammond officer spotted the men in a minivan near Kennedy Avenue and Michigan Street and followed them to the 500 block of Burr Street in Gary, where they were taken into custody, the release states.

Money, clothing and weapons were all recovered at the scene, police said.

Before details of the incident were released Tuesday, a pedestrian near the scene said she thought it could be a police chase.

“Some people have underground bunkers here built for certain purposes, but not for an escapee to hide out,” she said as police searched through a wooded area west of Burr Street.

According to the release, Hammond police are working with the FBI to see whether the suspects are linked to other recent robberies. Criminal charges are expected.

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