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Press Release

Fort Wayne Man Sentenced To 170 Months

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana
For Hobbs Act Robbery

FORT WAYNE – The Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, Clifford D. Johnson, announces that Freddie L. Church, 39, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced before Chief District Court Judge Theresa Springmann for a Hobbs Act Robbery and carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.


Church was sentenced to a total of 170 months imprisonment and a term of supervised release of 2 years.


According to documents in this case, law enforcement officers learned of a plot to rob a bank and were able to prevent the armed robbery from occurring. Church was a leader of a robbery crew which included three other men and a woman. The group planned to rob the Marion credit union at gunpoint and restrain employees and customers in the process, but the suspects were instead arrested.


This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, which is comprised of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Indiana State Police, the Allen County Police Department, and the Fort Wayne Police Department. The task force was also assisted by the Marion Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. This case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.


Updated May 10, 2017

Violent Crime