A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the May robbery of an Ossian bank.
Cameron Patterson, 28, has been identified in federal court documents as Suspect 3 in the armed bank heist. Dontae Travier, 29, was arrested last month. Both men are from Fort Wayne. Both men are each charged with armed bank robbery and aiding in an armed bank robbery.
About 2:45 p.m. May 29, the PNC bank at 1102 N. Jefferson St. in Ossian was robbed by three men. In surveillance photos released by the FBI, two of the men had their faces concealed while the other man wore sunglasses.
Patterson was arrested about 10:30 a.m. Monday in the 4700 block of Holton Avenue by members of the FBIs Safe Streets Task Force. An Allen County Police Departments K-9 unit assisted in the arrest, according to a release from the FBIs Fort Wayne office.
In a July interview with federal investigators, Patterson said he and two other people were at the home of Darnell Bontempo earlier this year when the subject of a bank robbery came up. While the Bontempo was not willing to participate in the robbery, he reportedly offered the use of his mothers purple 1995 Ford Windstar van.
Discussion of the robbery came up numerous times between the three men but it wasnt until May when they decided to do it, according to court documents.
Patterson reportedly said his job was to ensure no one fled through the banks front doors.
After the robbery, Patterson reportedly drove the minivan away from the bank and later switched vehicles at the direction of one of the others involved in the robbery. The group stopped near Wayne High School and split the money.
According to court documents, Patterson reportedly received about $10,000 as his share of the bank robbery.
The Bontempo is not charged in the robbery case itself, but during the course of the investigation, federal investigators found a ballistic vest, more commonly known as body armor. As a felon, with convictions for numerous crimes, including crimes including drug dealing, sexual misconduct with a minor and theft, he is prohibited by federal law from owning body armor.
Bontempo now faces one federal charge of being a felon in possession of body armor.