Police Investigate Another Morning Bank Robbery (Photos)

By Nina Settappa
By Scott Sarvay

October 26, 2012 Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 11:04 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Fort Wayne Police have another bank robbery to investigate.

It was just after 8:00am Friday when police were called to the Chase Bank branch at 2600 block of Lower Huntington Road in Waynedale .

According to witnesses, two men dressed in black, with their faces covered greeted employees as they were about to open. They forced at least one employee inside and hit them with a gun, causing minor injuries. The suspects made off with an undetermined amount of cash.

Officer John Chambers with FWPD says, “At this time, we are interviewing possible witnesses who may have witnessed the incident, and we're also try to track and possibly locate direction of travel with the canines."

It was on Thursday, that two masked men robbed the Midwest American Federal Credit Union on Swinney Avenue. A $2000 reward is being offered for their capture.

At this time police haven’t concluded if they think the two robberies are connected.

Police and the FBI are working together to solve both crimes.

No customers were inside the bank at the time of the robbery.

Jay Fawver, MD says being a victim in robberies like these can be traumatic experiences that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. He says the effects can lead to sensory sensitivity and fears related to the workplace in which the crimes are committed. More specifically, he says certain sights, sounds, smells or feels can reintroduce the feelings of when the robberies took place. Fawver says the best thing anyone suffering from PTSD can do is returning to work.

“The sights, the smell and the sounds that bring back those memories are going to be tough for them, but the best thing any of those employees can do is to get back into the bank and do their day-to-day work and desensitize their brains from all that fear and all that trauma that they had endured.”

Fawver says bank employees not directly victimized by the robbery could still feel the fear of going to back to the workplace. He says, like employees directly victimized by the robbery, employees who will return to work should not try to avoid it. Fawver says there needs to be some recognition that risks are taken each day in life, whether that is driving in a car or simply exiting a home.




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