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Bank Robbers Flee, Fire Shots at Officers

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The FBI says a reward is being offered as authorities investigate a bank robbery in East Chicago shortly after 11-o'clock Saturday morning. East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker says a man and a woman armed with handguns entered the First Merchants Bank in the 47-hundred block of Indianapolis Boulevard. Investigators say they entered the bank brandishing handguns and ordered the approximately 30 customers and employees to the floor, and while a female subject held everyone at gunpoint, a male subject vaulted the counter and emptied the teller drawers. Officials say they fled on foot to the west of the bank then entered an older model blue Chevrolet Suburban with possibly Illinois plates. Investigators say as officers began to approach the vehicle, one of the subjects got out and fired several gunshots at police. No officers were injured during the pursuit that followed, which officials say ended in the area of 150th Avenue and Chicago Street in Hammond.
Additional information released by the FBI: The male subject is described as follows:  Black male, 20-30 years old, wearing a red hoodie and black plastic mask, carrying a black handgun. The female subject is described as follows:  Black female, approximately  5'10", 160 lbs., wearing a black hoodie and a flower print scarf and carrying a black handgun. The vehicle is further described as having window tint on all windows except for the front driver and passenger  side, with double doors in the back, and clear tail lens. A reward is being offered and anyone with information as to the identity of these subjects is asked to call the FBI at 219/769/3719 or the East Chicago Police Department at 219/391-8331.


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