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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Fort Wayne Man & Woman Charged

With A 2019 Christmas Eve Bank Robbery

FORT WAYNE – Horia Malutan, age 43 and Kelly Krieger, age 35, both of Fort Wayne, Indiana were charged in a criminal complaint with armed bank robbery, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

According to documents in this case, on December 24, 2019, Malutan, armed with a dangerous weapon, allegedly forced his way into a bank located on Lower Huntington Road.  Once inside, he demanded to be taken to the vault where he had employees fill a bag with money.  Once the bag was filled with cash, he ordered the employees to lay down in the vault while he exited the bank.  He was later identified through a tip that was received by police. It is also alleged that, Kelly Krieger, the bank manager, had assisted in the planning, thus aiding and abetting the robbery. Over $220,000.00 was taken during the robbery. 

US Attorney Kirsch said, “I commend the efforts of the FBI along with our state and local law enforcement partners in solving this case.  Our law enforcement partners are dedicated professionals that work in unison to bring cases like this to justice.”

The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that a Criminal 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.

The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Gang Task Force which is comprised of the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Indiana State Police Organized Crime and Corruption Unit and the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.  Also assisting in the investigation was the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley J. Miller Lowery. 

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Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated May 15, 2020