Serial bank robber sentenced, ordered to repay $70K

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An Anderson man has been sentenced in federal court for a string of 2017 bank robberies.

Danurell Blair, 40, was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for two counts of Bank Robbery.

Charging documents said Blair robbed the Churubusco Fort Financial Credit Union branch on June 28, 2017, a Beacon Credit Union branch in Garrett on Sept. 12, 2017 and the Community State Bank in Auburn on Nov. 6, 2017.

The case came to a head, though, on Dec. 16, 2017, when authorities were called to the Campbell and Fetters Bank at 135 E. North St. in Kendallville for a reported robbery. Immediately afterward, authorities spotted a man leaving the bank in a hurry and reversing out of the parking lot before driving “evasively” through local business parking lots and onto U.S. 6.

Law enforcement officers caught up to him at S.R. 6 and U.S. 6.

There, an Indiana State Police trooper was able to block the path of the fleeing suspect, but the suspect accelerated and rammed the pickup truck of the state trooper. The trooper fired one shot towards the suspect but did not hit him.

The suspect then drove southbound on State Road 3. He reached speeds up to 111 mph, charging information said.

Police slowed the vehicle with spike strips at S.R. 8, and other officers eventually captured the suspect near Old State Road 8 and State Road 3. He was identified later as Blair.

According to a federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Blair drove from two different Fort Wayne motels to case the bank and establish a get-away route leading up to that robbery.

In the complaint, investigators said they recovered surveillance video from the bank which showed Blair enter the bank and shout, “Give me all your money! All of it! Don’t give me dye packs!” He made off with $27,114 in cash, the complaint said.

The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force was investigating the robbery.

As part of Blair’s sentence, he was ordered to pay $ 70,074.69 in restitution to the banks he robbed and the Indiana State Police.

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