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2 men force worker to aid credit union robbery

City police on Thursday still had few details about the two men who ambushed a local woman at her home Wednesday night and held her hostage for more than four hours before driving her across the city to rob the credit union where she worked.

John Chambers, a Fort Wayne Police Department spokesman, said investigators were still piecing together the details – hoping to come up with descriptions of the two robbers and solve the case.

Wednesday’s robbery is the second time in nine months in which a woman has been ambushed and taken to a credit union to help two men steal cash.

At 9:25 p.m. Wednesday, Fort Wayne police officers responded to a call about a robbery at the Pinnacle Credit Union branch at 3425 Hobson Road.

The credit union employee told police when she arrived home at 5:15 p.m., a man with a gun forced her inside her house and bound her hands.

The man told her that she would wait with him inside the home until dark, when they would drive to the credit union so he could get some money, Chambers said.

Awhile later, a relative of the woman arrived at the home. The man tied the relative’s hands and held her inside the home with the credit union employee.

It wasn’t clear whether the women were blindfolded, Chambers said.

Eventually, a second man arrived at the home to join the first robber.

About 9 p.m., the two men drove the woman and her relative to the credit union.

Once they arrived, one of the men and the employee went inside the credit union while the second robber and the woman’s relative waited in the car.

After stealing an unknown amount of cash, both men fled from the scene, Chambers said. It was not known whether the two men fled on foot or had a getaway car waiting.

Chambers said it did not appear the two men knew the woman.

This isn’t the first robbery of this type in the city.

In late August, a 68-year-old credit union manager was ambushed inside her home by two men.

The woman was blindfolded, tied up and later taken to the Freedom Financial Federal Credit Union at 1802 Inwood Drive, near Coliseum and East State boulevards and Lake Avenue, police said.

The men told the woman she wouldn’t be hurt if she followed their directions. They escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

After that robbery, police spokeswoman Raquel Foster said the robbers’ strategy was something that hadn’t been seen in Fort Wayne before.

“That’s not your typical bank robber. They planned it pretty well,” Foster said in August.

Chambers said Thursday it wasn’t clear whether there was a connection between the robbers in August and those of Wednesday.

“It appears that it was very similar. They were very similar situations,” Chambers said.

“ … detectives are still investigating and trying to piece together information.”

Chambers said today would be the earliest that detectives might be able to discuss any relationship between the two robberies.

No description of the suspects from Wednesday’s robbery was available.

jcrothers@jg.net

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