Bloomington Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested After Leaving His Name Behind During Robbery

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”

Rate this post

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 4.7 / 5. Vote count: 29

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

Liked it? Take a second to support The Bloomingtonian on Patreon!
Become a patron at Patreon!