Former Convicted Felon Charged In Robbery Spree
SOUTH BEND – Armand White, 32, of South Bend, Indiana, was charged in a criminal complaint for Hobbs Act robbery, bank robbery, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.
According to documents in this case, in November 2019 a store in Mishawaka and a bank in South Bend were robbed by two men in ski masks. On two separate occasions, the robbers allegedly entered the establishments, displayed handguns and demanded money from employees. From the cigarette store the robbers obtained $500 in cash and cigarettes. The robbers stole $6500 from the bank. Mr. White was convicted in 2009 of two bank robberies in South Bend. He is currently on federal supervised release. During the search of his residence, pursuant to a federal search warrant, agents found multiple firearms.
United States Attorney Kirsch said, “The alleged crimes are intolerable. My Office along with our federal and state law enforcement partners are dedicated to solving and prosecuting crimes that put innocent lives at risk”
The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that a Complaint is merely an allegation and that all persons are presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty in court.
If convicted, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
This case is being investigated by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force with the assistance of the South Bend Police Department, St. Joseph County Police Department and Elkhart Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joel Gabrielse.