The Herald Bulletin

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Cops, courts and fires

October 29, 2013

Trial starts for man accused of robbing bank in 2011

ANDERSON — A trial began Tuesday in Madison Circuit Court 3 for a man accused of robbing a KeyBank at gunpoint in 2011.

Travis Booker, 33, of Anderson, allegedly entered the KeyBank branch at 2244 Broadway and demanded money on the morning of July 5, 2011. Marcus Hayes-Patterson, 27, also of Anderson, was a co-defendant in the case and already pleaded guilty to the charges in July 2012. He is currently serving a 10-year sentence in prison.

According to reports of the incident at the time, the two men were masked and one carried a pistol while the other carried a revolver. One of the bandits hopped over a teller’s counter and took $5,367.91 before the pair ran from the bank.

A number of officers arrived moments after the robbery was reported by the bank manager and set up a perimeter in the area. The men were tracked to a home in the 300 block of Webster Street and then later to a gas station at First Street and Madison Avenue but their trail stopped there. The two were later found at a friend’s house.

On Tuesday, the trial wrapped up for the day after opening arguments and testimony from a teller and several officers who responded to the scene.

The teller said she remembers hearing a loud thump when the men barged into the branch, and one of them put a gun in her face. She described her experience throughout the incident and said she felt angry at the suspects afterward.

Defense attorney Scott Webb said the trial will last at least one more day, and that Hayes-Patterson will be testifying.

Both Booker and Hayes-Patterson have lengthy criminal records with several Madison County arrests with recent probation violations heard in court.

In May 1999, Booker pleaded guilty to Class B felonies of armed robbery and burglary resulting in bodily injury as well as Class D felony theft/receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to 45 years in the Department of Correction with 24 of those years to be served and with probation for 10 years. Booker was also ordered to pay restitution totaling nearly $12,000. Court records don’t indicate when he was released although in May of this year he was called to court for a probation violation.

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