Suspect With Fake Gun Found Hiding In Trash Can After Attempted Bank Robbery

On December 1, 2022 around 8:30 AM Porter County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to First State Bank of Porter located at 4136 E US Hwy 12, in reference to an attempted armed robbery, according to police reports. 

Upon arrival of deputies they were met by Beverly Shores Police who stated the suspect and fled the scene on foot. An off duty officer working security stated he was confronted by a white male carrying a backpack and what appeared to be a firearm. The male took off running when he realized the off duty officer was carrying a gun and dropped his backpack and the alleged firearm which was discovered to be fake. 

Deputies brought a K9 out to begin a track of the suspect which lead them to a home in the 1600 block of Popular. The homeowner stated he did not see anyone in the area but after further review of his security cameras he realized a male matching the description had gone behind his shed. Deputies came back the home where they found the shed locked and secured but noted there was three garbage cans lined up behind the shed. When they began to look in the cans the last one showed signs of movement so deputies announced numerous times for the suspect to exit before tipping the can over where the suspect was found hiding. 

Footage of Deputies Finding The Man Hiding this is the ring footage

The suspect was arrested and taken to the Porter County Sheriff’s Department for questioning. The suspect now identified as Tyler Russ, 31, of Michigan City was charged with Felony Robbery.

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