(Photo Courtesy of the East Chicago Police Department)
The FBI says a reward is being offered as authorities investigate a bank robbery in East Chicago that occurred shortly after 11-o'clock Saturday morning. East Chicago Police Lt. Marguerite Wilder says two individuals with a scarf over their face and armed with handguns entered the First Merchants Bank, in the 47-hundred block of Indianapolis Boulevard.
Lt. Wilder says after fleeing the bank on foot, the subjects fired several gunshots at police as officers began to approached the suspect vehicle, described as a 1990 full-size dark blue colored Chevy Tahoe with custom rims and clear taillights, possibly bearing an Illinois license plate. No officers were injured during the pursuit, which officials say ended in the area of 150th Avenue and Chicago Street in Hammond. Lt. Wilder says the suspects are considered armed and dangerous.
One of the suspects is described as a male, 20-30 years old, wearing a red hoodie and black plastic mask, carrying a black handgun. The other suspect is described as a black female, approximately 5'10", weighing 160 pounds, wearing a black hoodie and a flower print scarf and carrying a black handgun.
Anyone with any information regarding the bank robbery or the whereabouts of the suspects or suspect vehicle is asked to contact Det. Angelo Machuca, at (219) 433-1628, or Special Agent Mike Peasley, at (219) 713-6016.