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”
Bloomington, Indiana — December 20, 2023
A robbery took place at the Circle K Gas station located at 4405 E 3rd St, as reported in the early hours of December 19th, 2023.
According to the Bloomington Police Department Daily Summary, at approximately 12:56 AM, a complainant informed authorities that an unidentified male entered the gas station store wielding a firearm concealed in his pocket. The suspect allegedly demanded cash from the register, threatening a person inside the business with the weapon.
Details regarding the specific amount of money taken are not disclosed by police.