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Last updated: Sat. Dec. 07, 2013 - 09:11 am EDT

Federal charges for 3 nabbed after alleged Thursday bank heist

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The three men taken into custody Thursday after an alleged bank robbery in Hoagland now face federal charges.

The charges were filed Friday against Charles R. Seals, 23, Brandon D. Sizemore, 24, and Calvin L. Miller, 22, in what is called a federal criminal complaint. The three are charged with bank robbery while assaulting and placing into jeopardy the life of another person by use of a dangerous weapon during commission of the act. They are also charged with a separate count of use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

Seals, Sizemore and Miller were apprehended in Poe, near the corner of Winchester and Yoder roads in southern Allen County, after a 15-minute chase that sometimes topped 100 mph, according to information previously released by law enforcement agencies.

The complaint offers details of the alleged incident, as provided by witness accounts to investigators.

According to the complaint, two men carrying handguns were spotted around 8:45 a.m. Thursday, running down an alley along the side of the Wells Fargo Bank branch. The person who saw them was pushed inside the bank by the two men, who the complaint identifies as Seals and Miller. Sizemore was the getaway driver, according to the complaint.

Once inside the bank, Seals allegedly displayed a gun and yelled, “Don’t do it, don’t (expletive) move, I’ll shoot you,” to a teller, then walked behind the counter and ordered the tellers to the floor.

Seals then ordered one of the tellers to “Get me all the money,” the complaint alleges, with the teller opening the cash drawers and Seals taking the money. Seals then took tellers to the bank’s vault, had it opened, and removed money from there, placing it into a black backpack while Miller provided security, the complaint reads.

The getaway vehicle had been observed by a person who noticed it circling the bank numerous times on the morning of the robbery, and that person followed the car after the bank robbery took place, calling local authorities to report the fleeing vehicle, reportedly a black Oldsmobile.

Law enforcement officers arrived and gave chase, and the car eventually crashed into a tree. Two of the men tried to flee on foot but were apprehended quickly; Seals allegedly was wearing the black backpack with the money from the bank still inside. A 9mm handgun was allegedly discarded during the foot pursuit by Seals, but that was reportedly seen and the gun was recovered by pursuing officers.

Miller, according to the complaint, confessed to taking part in the robbery during an interview that was recorded via audio and video and said that Seals had done the planning for the robbery. According to the complaint, Sizemore also confessed to participating in the robbery, with his role to be the driver, and that Miller was his half-brother.

estarks@news-sentinel.com


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