Bank Robbery Suspects Behind Bars

By Megan Trent

July 24, 2010 Updated Jul 24, 2010 at 6:37 PM EDT

WARSAW, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The teenager suspected of robbing a bank in Kosciusko County Friday morning is now behind bars. After a brief run from the law, police say the 19-year-old accused of holding up the Etna Green branch of PNC Bank and his suspected accomplice are being held at the Kosciusko County Jail without bond.

19-year-old Brady Shepherd of Mentone is being charged with felony robbery and 22-year-old Douglas Jordan of Warsaw is being held on the felony charge of assisting a criminal.

It all began Friday morning when police say they believe Shepherd was caught on a surveillance camera holding up the Etna Green bank around 9:30 a.m. He didn't show a weapon or cover his face, but he did escape in a stolen pick-up truck. Numerous tips led police to the Lozier Mobile Home Park and Campground in Warsaw near Chapman Lake.

The property's owner, Emerson Poort, helped officers corner the two men. They were taken into custody just before 9:30 p.m. "They apparently had saw us from on top of the hill, came down here and ran past Mr. Stouder's here. They ran up that way where we had two other guys sitting. When they saw them, they turned around and ran this way. Then they (the police) chased them down and caught them," described Poort, pointing to where the two men were finally apprehended.

Kent Stouder is a fireman in Elkhart, but spends most weekends relaxing at Lozier's. He said the robbery has become the talk of the small and normally quiet community. "We saw some kids running down through the park and the next thing you know we've got all sorts of police cars and officers and dogs running all over the place. And we just kind of walked out here in the middle with everybody else wondering what's going on."

Poort says officers returned later that evening for something else. "They (the suspects) dropped evidence down here. Police officers came back at 11:15 last night with the Wynonna Lake Marshall and a search dog. We shined lights all over and the dog did a locate and we located some of the bank money." The money, he says, was found in a bag hidden in grass near a utility pole by the road.

Officers also located the 2008 Chevrolet Silverado that had been stolen earlier Friday morning. They say the suspects likely used the pick-up truck as a "get-away" vehicle after the robbery.

When taken into custody, 19-year-old Shepherd told officers he had over-dosed on pills. He was taken to the Kosciusko Community Hospital, but later transferred to the Kosciusko County Jail.




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