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November 28, 2013

Deputy honored for bank robbery arrests

ANDERSON — The Madison County Sheriff’s Department publicly honored Wednesday a deputy who made two separate arrests of bank robbery suspects in less than two months.

On Tuesday, Capt. John Owen arrested Stephen M. Long, a 28-year-old Auburn -native accused of robbing the Star Financial Bank at 1503 E. 53rd St. earlier in the day. Owen also helped arrest Dempsey R. Bowling, a 43-year-old Middletown man who allegedly robbed the First Merchants Bank on Hartman Road on Oct. 1.

On Wednesday, Sheriff Ron Richardson and Maj. Brian Bell acknowledged Owen’s work. According to the sheriff’s department, Owen tracked Long’s movements with the help of dispatchers, who were on the phone with a witness following Long’s vehicle from the bank to a Speedway gas station north of I-69 on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

As Owen exited the interstate in his police cruiser, the suspect attempted to flee but was cut off by Owen, who was able to make the arrest without further incident. The arrest was reportedly made within a half-hour of the robbery.

Owen and Lt. Justin Webber also made the arrest of Bowling on Oct. 1. Within 20 minutes of the time a man robbed the First Merchants Bank, Bowling was pulled over by Owen and Webber while attempting to leave the McDonald’s across from Mounds Mall on Scatterfield Road. Police reportedly found clues connecting Bowling to the robbery in his 2000 Chevrolet Malibu.

Coincidentally, both suspects are believed to be involved with other bank robberies. After being arrested, Bowling was questioned and reportedly admitted to the Oct. 1 robbery as well as a Sept. 16 robbery of the Ameriana Bank on 53rd Street near Scatterfield. Long also allegedly admitted to committing Tuesday’s robbery and the robbery of a Star Financial Bank in Fort Wayne on Nov. 18.

Bowling pleaded guilty to counts of theft and robbery on Monday and was sentenced to four years in prison by Madison Circuit Court 3 Judge Thomas Newman. As of Wednesday night, Long was being held on $20,000 bond in the Madison County Jail, facing a preliminary charge of robbery, a Class D felony.

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