Three suspects are in custody in connection with a bank robbery Friday afternoon. The robbery happened at the Bank of Bennington around 4:30.
Police arrested 23-year-old Jordan Gregory for Robbery, Use of a weapon to commit a felony, and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.
They also arrested 21-year-old Lance Bartling for Robbery and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
23-year-old Aaron Russell appeared in court on Monday for possession of marijuana less than 1 oz., driving under suspension, tint violation on his windows, and a lights violation. In court, they did not bring up his robbery charge or use of a weapon to commit a felony. That will likely happen, for all three suspects later this week.
Russell's family told WOWT 6 News they are saddened by the situation and can't believe he would do something like this. Bartling's father also told WOWT 6 News he is surprised his son was involved in this. He described the situation as a "nightmare."
During the chase to apprehend the three men last Friday, a retired OFD Battalion chief was following the getaway vehicle. Authorities wound up pursuing the suspects.
One was apprehended near 88th and Blondo, another was caught near 79th and Grant and the third was eventually arrested near 81st and Blondo.
Initial reports indicated that at least one of the men was armed with a medium-length automatic weapon when the bank was robbed. Police told WOWT 6 News the men presented 2 guns inside the bank. The bank is located at 156th and Maple. Cameras were able to capture the license plate of the Buick Century the three suspects were driving.
Ultimately the driver was captured near 81st and Blondo and a foot chase started for the other two. The canine unit caught one of them.
Police say they found a weapon in the getaway car.
Police brought at least two of the suspects back to the bank for purposes of identification.
WOWT 6 News tracked down the criminal history of the suspects. Gregory has faced the most serious charges. He was found guilty of accessory to a felony in 2009 and 2012. In 2012 he helped hide a wanted person from police/hindered in the investigation. The other two suspects criminal records includes more minor charges, including traffic offenses.