INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis man was sentenced yesterday to more than 11 years in prison following his guilty plea to bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. He will also serve 3 years of supervised release and was ordered to pay restitution.
According to evidence presented at the sentencing hearing, Andreas Calhoun, 35, who has a prior conviction for robbery, committed an armed robbery of the Castleton Branch of the Fifth Third Bank. Calhoun, who was armed with a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, held three Fifth Third employees at gunpoint and threatened to kill them while he took over $7,000.00 from the bank.
After leaving the bank, Calhoun led police on a high-speed chase through Indianapolis. The chase ended when Calhoun crashed his vehicle into a drainage ditch at 46th Street and Andover Road in Indianapolis. Calhoun was placed under arrest and police recovered the stolen money, a loaded Hi-Point 9mm semiautomatic handgun, and a black ski mask that was used by the defendant in the robbery.
“Due to the investigative teamwork by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Lawrence Police Department, a violent bank robber now faces the consequences of his choices, said Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Childress. “Those who embrace such violent behavior will be caught, and they will be held fully accountable for their actions.”
“Mr. Calhoun terrorized innocent bank tellers and civilians just trying to go about their daily lives and his actions will have a lifelong impact on those involved,” said FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan. “This sentence should send a clear message that if you rob a bank in this state the FBI and our law enforcement partners will find you, arrest you, and ensure you go to federal prison for a long time.”
“Of particular help in this investigation was the willingness of witnesses to provide rapid, accurate information to 911 operators and first responding officers, leading to an observant, veteran LPD officer spotting and attempting to stop the suspect vehicle,” said Lawrence Deputy Chief Gary Woodruff. “The results of witness cooperation combined with these investigative collaborations speak for themselves, holding those who commit violent crime accountable for their actions.”
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and Lawrence Police Department.
Assistant United States Attorney Barry D. Glickman prosecuted the case.
This case was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.