Career bank robber sentenced
Fort Wayne team conspired to rob Fishers bank - sentenced
INDIANAPOLIS - United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that a Fort Wayne man convicted of conspiracy to commit bank robbery in Fishers, IN. was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison. Deandre Armour, 39, Fort Wayne, was sentenced by U. S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker after being convicted of conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery, bank robbery and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.
Minkler said, “Mr. Armour and his robbery team were career bank robbers who held hostages at gunpoint. He will be well into his 60s when he is released from federal prison. Hopefully, that means his career as a bank robber is done.”
In early June 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) learned that Armour and several others were planning to commit bank robberies in the vicinity of Indianapolis. FBI agents began surveillance of Armour as he cased a Community Bank branch located on Reynolds Drive in Fishers. Agents watched Armour case the same bank for approximately two weeks.
By June 25, 2013, Armour had decided to rob the Community Bank the following morning. Armour and several associates traveled to Fishers from Fort Wayne, Indiana. That evening, Armour and two conspirators purchased items to be used in the robbery, including clothing for disguises, zip ties, latex gloves, and a set of two-way radios.
Early the morning of June 26, 2013, Armour and a conspirator dropped off two accomplices, Duryea Rogers and Xavier Hardy, near the Community Bank, where they hid themselves in a dumpster enclosure near the back door to the bank. Rogers and Hardy wore disguises provided by Armour and carried loaded firearms. Shortly thereafter, Armour and two other accomplices parked in a nearby parking lot where Armour could observe the bank and where he directed the activities of Rogers and Hardy by two-way radio.
A bank employee arrived at about 8:00 AM, and when she went to unlock the back door, Rogers and Hardy emerged from hiding and forced her into the bank at gunpoint. When the employee was unable to open the vault by herself, Rogers forced her onto the floor where he secured her hands and feet with zip ties. Rogers and Hardy then stole the employee’s car and fled. Armour and his accomplices followed in two other vehicles.
FBI agents and officers of the Fishers Police Department quickly tracked the three vehicles to the vicinity of North-by-Northeast Boulevard and Carney Drive near 96th Street in Fishers. Hardy, who was still armed, was apprehended in a hotel lot after a short foot chase. Duryea Rogers fled into a nearby hotel, where he was arrested after officers found him hiding in a closet. Rogers’ handgun and various other evidence was found nearby.
Three other accomplices have been sentenced for their role in the robbery.
Duryea Rogers 28, Fort Wayne- received a 12 year sentence
Xavier Hardy, 27, Fort Wayne, received an 11 year sentence
Tahitia Burnett, 42, Fort Wayne, received a seven year sentence
According to Assistant United States Attorneys William L. McCoskey and Michelle P. Brady, who prosecuted this case for the government, Armour faces five years of supervised release after serving his sentence.