Local bank robbery leads police on chase to Indianapolis

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a bank robbery this afternoon that led police on a chase through multiple counties and ended with the apprehension of an Indianapolis man.

At about 12:36 p.m., Bartholomew County Dispatch received at 911 call on report of a bank robbery at MainSource Bank, 3880 W. Presidential Way in Edinburgh. The caller advised that a black male entered the bank and made contact with a teller. At some point the male handed a written note to the teller that made reference to the suspect having a firearm and demanding money, according to a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department news release.

After giving the suspect an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect exited the bank in a newer model red Chevy Camaro. No bank employees were hurt, and they provided to the dispatch center a detailed description of the suspect and a partial plate number, the sheriff’s department said.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies and Indiana State Police attempted to stop the suspect vehicle as it traveled north on Interstate 65, but it fled at a high rate of speed. The vehicle continued into the Indianapolis area, where it was involved in an accident. The suspect, Gary L. Ewing, 35, was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for minor injuries, none of which are life threatening, the sheriff’s department said.

Upon release from the hospital, Ewing will be transported to Bartholomew County for further investigation and incarceration, will face multiple charges for the bank robbery and the pursuit, the sheriff’s department said.

Please read Thursday’s edition of The Republic for more details.