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Bank robber said he had a gun: Report

September 27, 2018

Shortly after 3Rivers Federal Credit Union was robbed, a Fort Wayne police detective looked at surveillance video and recognized the robber, Tehran Neeley, from a previous investigation.

A description of Neeley, 20, of the 1000 block of Stophlet Street, was aired. While the detective was interviewing a teller and a witness inside the credit union at the intersection of State Boulevard and Crescent Avenue, an off-duty sergeant spotted Neeley in nearby Bob Arnold Northside Park, according to court documents filed Wednesday in Allen Superior Court.

Neeley walked into the credit union about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the same time another male customer entered. He was told a teller would be with him in a minute. She had removed money from her drawer and placed it on the counter to put it in the vault. Then she took a phone call from a customer, she told police.

While she was on the phone, Neeley dropped a note that read, “Stay calm, don’t panic, give me all the 100s and 50s and nobody will get hurt. I have a gun. $5000.”

He then jumped up, reached over the counter, grabbed the money and fled, court documents said.

Another teller told police he was the one who told Neeley someone would be with him in a moment. He then saw Neeley throw down the piece of paper, slap the counterand take off running.

Neeley was arrested after he was spotted by the off-duty officer, court documents said. He was being held at Allen County Jail in lieu of $10,750 bail. He is charged with felony armed robbery and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

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