Employee Kidnapped at Home and Taken to Credit Union for Robbery

By Corinne Rose

August 27, 2012 Updated Nov 9, 2013 at 2:09 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Imagine coming home from work and finding two masked men in your house. And the story gets worse from there.

A Fort Wayne credit union has been robbed three times in the past nine months... but this heist was the most brazen -- and scariest -- of all.

Around seven Monday night, the manager of the Inwood Drive Freedom Financial Credit Union got home to find two men wearing masks and gloves patiently waiting for her inside.

They tied her hands, blindfolded her, and told her they didn't want to hurt her, but would wait until dark to drive her back to work to get cash.

About two and a half hours later, the men drove the woman in her own car to the credit union, took her inside and got cash, then took off in her car and left her there to call police.

"They did their homework. Obviously they had been casing this location because they knew which employee to target, they knew where she lived. That in itself is very, very frightening," says Officer Raquel Foster, spokeswoman for the Fort Wayne Police Department.

In April, this same branch manager was hit so hard in the head during a day time robbery that she had to get stitches.

Detectives are hoping there might be some usable surveillance video, but the manager said the men wore masks and gloves the whole time.

Police found the manager's car about four miles away near McMillen Park, and crime scene technicians are pouring over it, trying to find some clues.

Detectives are also searching national databases to see if this M.O. fits other bank robberies.

If you know anything about this kidnapping and robbery, call Crimestoppers at 436-STOP.




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