Bloomington man arrested for bank robbery

A Bloomington man is facing charges after allegedly robbing a Columbus bank.

Columbus Police Department (CPD) Spokesman Sgt. Matt Harris says that 49-year-old Stephen Lee was arrested early Wednesday morning,

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee

several hours after the robbery. Authorities say that at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Columbus Police responded to the robbery at Main Source Bank, at 529 Washington Street. Bank employees told police that a man entered the branch, then passed a note demanding money while displaying a handgun. The suspect later fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Harris says that evidence ultimately led police to a residence in Bloomington. He says that CPD detectives, assisted by the Bloomington Police Department SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiators, executed a search warrant at the residence in the 3700 block of Mesa Drive. Harris says that Lee was taken into custody shortly before 2:30 a.m.

Lee was later transported to the Bartholomew County Jail. Harris adds that Lee is being held on two Counts of Armed Robbery and is currently being detained on a 48 hour hold. In addition to Tuesday’s robbery, police say that Lee is being held in connection with a second Columbus bank robbery that occurred at a Jackson County Bank branch on Nov. 2nd, 2015.

The Columbus Police Department is thanking the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Bloomington Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their help in this investigation.