Police say prison escapee robbed Indy bank

Police suspect a prison escapee is in the Indianapolis area and robbed a bank there this morning.

Prison authorities say Kelvin Fuller scaled the Westville prison fence early Wednesday morning, leaving four and a half years short of his 20-year debt for an arson set to cover up a burglary.

Thursday morning a man police believe is Kelvin Fuller robbed a Fifth Third Bank in Fishers just outside Indianapolis. Without showing a weapon, the bank robber forced ten employees to the floor, while ordering a teller to empty the cash drawers into a bag. Even under the cover of the wide brimmed hat worn by the robber, investigators see a strong resemblance to the prison's picture of Fuller.

And there are more pictures, captured a few minutes earlier inside the entrance to the Fishers Target store, and later checking out at the cash register. It appears the man in the surveillance photo is buying a wide brimmed hat.

Fishers police Sgt. Gerry Hepp, checking the bank photos, also sees a strong resemblance. "(There's) a lot of similarities to Kelvin Fuller. We know from the State Police he has family or contacts in Anderson, Indiana, which is located also right here on Interstate 69."

At an office parking lot behind the bank, more surveillance cameras show the suspect arrive. He's driving a white, late model Chevy Malibu. A white 2004 Malibu was stolen from a farmhouse near the Westville prison a day earlier.

After turning the car around to face away from the bank next door, the driver gets out and walks casually across the parking lot, even sitting down for a couple minutes before heading toward the bank.

He's picked up his pace and the next and final time he's seen, jumping in the Malibu and speeding off.

There have been no additional reports of anyone seeing Fuller.

The Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Correction are requesting the public’s assistance in returning prison escapee Kelvin J. Fuller, 40, Anderson, IN, back to custody. Fuller is a black male, approximately five foot nine inches tall and 175 pounds. He has short black hair, brown eyes, and a mustache with salt and pepper facial hair. Fuller was last seen wearing a tan shirt and tan pants.

Fuller is considered extremely dangerous. Since his escape, he is alleged to have broken into a home near the prison and stole two sets of car keys and the white Chevrolet Malibu. He purportedly assaulted and robbed a female bus driver in Merrillville, IN.


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