LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Handfuls of money were tossed from a getaway vehicle involved in a bank robbery and police pursuit Tuesday afternoon. Now, three suspects are behind bars in White County. The police pursuit ended 13 miles and one county away from where it began in Brookston.
"This is a little nerve-wracking," said Bill Miller, a Brookston resident.
Miller lives directly behind The Farmers State Bank. He said he was surprised to hear that a bank in such a small, seemingly safe town had been robbed.
"It's just a little bit scary, not knowing what happened over there whether there's guns involved or whatever. It gets your attention when you see all the police cars and the bank roped off the way it was," said Miller.
Indiana State Police said they got the call from the White County Sheriff's Office around 1 p.m. that a hold up was in progress at the bank. Investigators are not saying whether the robbers were carrying a weapon or elaborate on how the robbery happened, but did confirm that three suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Detectives said they took off south on State Road 43 and were first spotted by troopers near the White County and Tippecanoe County line. After turning off onto back roads, the suspects ended up on Old State Road 25, where the pursuit ended at the roundabout at State Road 25.
"We had several units just converge on the car and one actually hit the vehicle to get it to stop," said Sgt. Kim Riley.
Riley said two male suspects tried to run away but troopers caught and arrested them. The female driver stayed in the vehicle and was taken into custody immediately. The suspects have been identified as Omika Thurman, 43, of Merrillville, Jason Roar, 34, of Indianapolis, and Derek Core, 29, of Bunker Hill. Riley said during the pursuit, troopers had some help from other drivers.
"There was some money thrown out of the vehicle, but apparently it's all been recovered. Some people who saw the money get thrown out stopped and collected it for us," said Riley.
While no one was seriously injured, one state trooper was treated at the scene for some scrapes he got during the foot chase. One suspect was also treated on scene for an asthma attack.
All three suspects face preliminary charges of robbery and resisting law enforcement.
The Indiana State Police, White and Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Offices and the Department of Natural Resources all helped with the robbery and pursuit.
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