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Man enters guilty plea in robbery, kidnapping

August 17, 2018

A Fort Wayne man admitted Thursday to taking part in a robbery and kidnapping last year.

Police said Myron Banks, 32, was one of three men who robbed a couple in their home in December, tied them up and forced the woman into a car. The three men were on the way to a grocery store on the city’s southeast side, intending to rob the business, according to court documents, when police stopped the Jeep Banks was driving erratically on Hessen Cassel Road.

Banks was the only one arrested. The two other men : who were never captured : got out of the vehicle before the traffic stop and took off.

One of the men was dropped off, but court documents do not indicate where. The other man saw a police squad car and asked to be let out, running off, documents said.

Prosecutors charged Banks with six felonies including burglary with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, kidnapping while armed with a deadly weapon and criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon.

He pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Court to those and a misdemeanor charge of fleeing from law enforcement.

A plea agreement calls for him to spend up to 26 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14.

Banks and the other men trapped the couple in their home when the husband and wife arrived there after 9:15 p.m. Dec. 19.

The husband was hit in the head with a gun, punched in the face and bound with duct tape, investigators said. His wife’s hands and feet were wrapped with duct tape, and the robbers asked about drugs, guns, jewelry and money, a probable cause affidavit alleged.

“If you lie to us, we will shoot you,” the robbers said, according to the affidavit.

The wife was taken in the Jeep and the robbers wanted to go to El Paraiso, where the woman was supposed to get them into the safe at the business, court documents say. Left at home, the husband drove to a gas station to call police after using his teeth to free himself, investigators said.

Banks was arrested after police said he ran from them and fell. Investigators found the wife’s driver’s license, passport and other identification nearby, court documents say.

mleblanc@jg.net

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