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Bloomington Man Charged After Armed Bank Robbery

John Lee Adams III is accused of robbing the Peoples State Bank on Clarizz Blvd. on Bloomington's east side on Nov. 15 of last year.

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The suspect initially escaped from police as they were attempting to apprehend him last year. He is now in federal custody without bond.

A Bloomington man is facing up to life in prison after being charged with several felony counts related to a 2011 bank robbery.

According to U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett’s office, 22 year old John Lee Adams III is accused of robbing the Peoples State Bank on Clarizz Boulevard on Bloomington’s east side on Nov. 15 of last year.

Adams has been charged with armed bank robbery, brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm following a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction.

In a statement, Hogsett says the ‘brazen robbery’ took place in a busy residential and commercial area.

“That kind of dangerous lawlessness has no place in Bloomington, and it has to stop,” he says.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers, who is prosecuting the case for the government, Adams faces a maximum of life in prison and a $750,000 fine if convicted on all counts.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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