Indianapolis - Metro Police have released most of the men taken into custody in connection with the shooting of a pregnant bank teller. The development comes as the teller, who was pregnant with twins, lost her babies.
The case police were building against four men they arrested and suspected of holding up a Huntington Bank on the east side fell apart. Their accuser, Shed James, claimed he helped plan the robbery but backed out at the last minute. On Friday prosecutors said James made it all up.
"Yes, he flat out lied," said Chief Trial Prosecutor David Wyser. "In fact, Mr. James is being charged with false reporting and providing incorrect, inaccurate Information."
James is still in jail, but the four men arrested during a raid Wednesday night are free. Initially three were accused of conspiracy and the other faced a potential child neglect charge.
James told police an elaborate story not only of who participated in the robbery, but also how they planned it and where they met after it was all over.
It was a brutal robbery. A gunman vaulted the counter, shot a pregnant teller in the abdomen and then ran to a waiting getaway car. Police downplay the setback as discouraging, frustrating and not unusual for complicated case.
"Until we find out the individual responsible we are not going to stop, but we look at it as a bump in the road," said Lt. Jeff Duhammel.
It is a costly setback. The two days detectives spent tracking false leads, arresting the wrong men and checking their stories are two days they weren't looking for the real robbers.
Joseph Wilburn, Stevan Peterson and Tyrone Daniels will not face any charges in the case. Eric Sims, who was facing a potential charge of child neglect, will also not face charges.
Police are processing the suspected getaway car, a gold Dodge Intrepid.
"Some people say we thought we had them. We still have them. If they are not the ones involved we were still able to get some information - guns, narcotics and the welfare of the child," said Lt. Duhammel.
Investigators say they still need tips on the bank robbery shooting. They are looking for the shooter and a bright blue Honda Pilot. Call crime stoppers at 262-TIPS with information related to this case.