IU Police: Bank Robbery Suspect No Longer in Area, Normal Activities Resume

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 19: Police respond to the IU Credit Union on 17th Street after a robbery on December 19, 2023, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Update: 

Staff report

Bloomington, Indiana – December 20, 2023

A 35-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning as the suspect in  the robbery of a bank, and a convenience store, according to Captain  Ryan Pedigo of the Bloomington Police Department. The man was identified  after he left his name behind on a demand note at the bank he allegedly  robbed.

Tuesday afternoon at around 3:50 p.m. an employee at the Indiana  University Credit Union said a man walked into the bank and handed a  piece of paper to an employee at the bank while robbing it. Once the  suspect Byron Gregory Johnson, 35, was given money, he fled south,  according to police.

Police responded to a panic alarm at the bank, and then found out about the robbery, but did not immediately locate the suspect.

However, police were able to learn the suspect’s identity when they  discovered a name on the back of the piece of paper with Johnson’s  description. Johnson also matched the description of a suspect who  allegedly robbed the Circle K gas station convenience store earlier that  morning around 1 a.m.

According to BPD, “Investigators searched BMV records and learned  that Johnson had a black 2011 Chevrolet Equinox registered to him.  Officers immediately began looking for the suspect’s vehicle at various  locations around Bloomington, but initially failed to locate it.  However, at approximately 9:20 a.m. on the morning of December 20th,  Johnson’s vehicle was located in the parking lot of Kinser Flats at  1610 N Kinser Pike. Byron Johnson was inside the vehicle when officers  approached it and he was taken into custody without incident. While  being searched, an officer noted that Johnson dropped a sock and  attempted to conceal it with his foot. The officer retrieved the sock  and observed that it had a large amount of cash in it.”

Johnson, who is unhoused, is being charged with the following according to the BPD:

“In reference to the robbery of the Circle K gas station:

  • Robbery, level 5 felony
  • Theft, class A misdemeanor

In reference to the robbery of the IU Credit Union:

  • Robbery, level 5 felony
  • Intimidation, level 6 felony
  • Theft, class A misdemeanor”

Staff report

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University Police and Public Safety announced around 5 p.m. that the suspect involved in the robbery at an IU Credit Union near Indiana University’s campus is no longer believed to be in the vicinity.

The robbery happened earlier, prompting Bloomington police to initiate an investigation after an individual, potentially armed, robbed the IU Credit Union situated at 510 E. 17th Street near Memorial Stadium, according to IU officials on Tuesday.

An alert issued via IU Notify Bloomington at approximately 4:30 p.m. informed students of the reported robbery, cautioning about the potential presence of an armed suspect. The message urged vigilance and advised those in proximity to trust their instincts, seek secure shelter, and await further updates or specific directives from law enforcement.

Reports from the university revealed that the suspect, described as a Black male wearing a tan Carhartt jacket and a black ski mask, fled on foot heading south from the credit union following the incident.

Authorities are urging anyone with pertinent information regarding the robbery to immediately contact 911.

Further details about the ongoing investigation or any developments following the suspect’s departure from the area have yet to be disclosed.

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