Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

December 14, 2013

SBL robbery suspect sentenced to 10 years

By Brenda L. Holmes brenda.holmes@flyergroup.com
Hendricks County Flyer

---- — PLAINFIELD — Convicted bank robber Demetrius Worley was sentenced to 126 months (10 years, 6 months) for his participation in the robbery of the State Bank of Lizton branch in Plainfield.

U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett announced the conviction and sentencing by U.S. District Judge Jane Mangus-Stinson. Worley, 24, entered a guilty plea related to the May 10 incident.

In May, members of the Safe Streets Task Force were investigating an armed robbery at a bank branch on Madison Avenue in Indianapolis. A vehicle that was believed to be connected to that crime was tracked by federal law enforcement to Plainfield.

Task force members observed to men — Worley and William McKnight — enter the State Bank of Lizton branch and an alert was issued that an armed robbery might be in progress. Worley and McKnight were observed leaving the branch and re-entering the vehicle. Federal law enforcement officers gave pursuit in neighborhood streets. The vehicle pulled over on the side of the road and Worley and McKnight exited the vehicle before it sped away.

According to court documents, McKnight was armed and refused to comply with orders to disarm. At that time, he was fatally shot by police. Worley was taken into custody.

Pursuit of the vehicle continued and after a traffic stop, a third person, Lori A. Armstrong, 44, of Indianapolis, was arrested. She is currently awaiting trial.

A search of the vehicle revealed clothing consistent with what the robbers were observed wearing and a search of the neighborhood resulted in the location of a purple bag containing about $6,900, which was consistent with the amount of loss reported by bank officials.

At the time of the robbery, Worley was on parole relating to a conviction for a prior bank robbery.

“Working with our partners on the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, we are cracking down on criminals who arm themselves and target Hoosier homes and businesses,” Hogsett said. “As the seriousness of this sentencing decision makes clear, those who embrace such violence and lawlessness will be caught, and they will be held fully accountable.”

Robert A. Jones, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Indianapolis Division, added, “As a direct result of investigative teamwork by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Plainfield Police Department, a violent bank robbery crew has been permanently dismantled.”

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Brant Cook who prosecuted the case for the government, Worley was also ordered to serve five years of federally-supervised release at the end of his prison term, and pay a $1,000 fine. Under federal law, Worley must serve a minimum of 85 percent of his prison term within a federal correctional facility.