ANDERSON — The second suspect in a 2011 armed bank robbery was found guilty on Thursday.
Travis Booker, 33, of Anderson, is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 18 after a 12-member jury convicted him of armed robbery, a Class B felony. The trial in Madison Circuit Court 3 took three days, and the jury took about an hour and a half to bring back the verdict.
On the morning of July 5, 2011, Booker and Marcus Hayes-Patterson, 27, also of Anderson, entered the KeyBank branch at 2244 Broadway, wearing black clothing, and demanded money. Hayes-Patterson had already pleaded guilty to the charges in July 2012 and 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.
According to court conversations, Booker and Hayes-Patterson had a getaway car parked in the branch's parking lot but were unable to get into the vehicle after the robbery. The two panicked and started running, looking for a place to hide. Along the way, they discarded the clothes they were wearing and were seen by a number of eyewitnesses.
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.
Deputy prosecutor Jeff Lockwood said he was pleased with the verdict. Hayes-Patterson was subpoenaed to testify for the trial, and identified Booker as his accomplice. Lockwood said that his testimony, as well as the account of the eyewitnesses, was key to the getting the guilty verdict.
"When we talked to the jury afterward, they didn't exactly like the guy (Hayes-Patterson), but they saw no reason why he would lie, and his account was corroborated by a lot of eyewitnesses," Lockwood said.
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