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Delon Churchill

ANDERSON – An armed robbery suspect in a northeast Anderson bank holdup has cocaine possession history since 2004, according to court records.

Police located Delon Churchill, 25, in a Muncie hotel Saturday morning after receiving multiple Crime Stoppers tips Friday night, according to Anderson police spokesman Det. Mitch Carroll.

“In addition, he was in possession of a large sum of cash and cocaine (crack cocaine),” an APD news release said, which also noted that Churchill was on parole for dealing cocaine.

Online court records show Churchill was arrested for possession of cocaine in January 2004. After missing a drug evaluation, the records show, he was sentenced to 180 days for the Class A misdemeanor.

An entry dated October 2004 shows another possession of cocaine charge that was dismissed almost a year later. It was not clear whether that charge was related to the previous one.

In September 2005, Churchill was sentenced to 10 years for a felony cocaine dealing charge from March 2005. According to Carroll, he was released in August 2009 and has been on parole since.

Churchill is suspected of being the lone gunman in a Friday robbery of First Merchants Bank at 416 Hartman Road in Anderson. Photos from surveillance cameras did not show any effort by the assailant to conceal his identity.

The APD news release said the bank was empty at the time of the incident, and no employees were hurt.

Carroll said Churchill is from Alabama and has family connections in Indiana.

Churchill’s arrest was an effort by U.S. marshals, Delaware County Sheriff Department, Madison County Drug Task Force and Anderson Police Department, according to the news release.

Carroll said Churchill was being held on preliminary charges of felony armed robbery.  

“It’s up in the air whether he’ll be charged federally or locally,” Carroll said, adding that the FBI would help to make a decision Monday.

Contact Christina M. Wright, 640-4883, christina.wright@heraldbulletin.com.

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