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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Michigan City Man Charged in the Robbery of Three Banks

HAMMOND – Jason Jay Cheek, 41 years old, of Michigan City, Indiana, was charged in U.S. District Court in a Criminal Complaint with Bank Robbery, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

U.S. Attorney Kirsch said, “Bank robbers put the lives of bank employees and customers at risk. I will continue to work with state and local law enforcement to ensure that bank robbers and other violent offenders in the Northern District of Indiana are brought to justice.”

According to the documents in this case, Cheek was charged by Criminal Complaint with three bank robberies; one in Michigan City on June 5, 2018, another bank in Michigan City on July 31, 2018, and a third bank in Portage on July 31, 2018. The Criminal Complaint alleges that Cheek approached the tellers and demanded money, while implying he had a gun.

The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that a Complaint is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty in court.

If convicted in court, 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 was investigated by the FBI GRIT Task Force with the assistance of the Michigan City and Portage Police Departments.  This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill R. Koster.

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Updated August 1, 2018