35 years for man in bank robbery attempt, shootout with police

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana man has been sentenced to 35 years for a 2003 attempted bank robbery that resulted in a shootout with police.

Pascal S. Sylla, 46, of Anderson, was convicted on one count of attempted bank robbery and a count of discharging a firearm during a violent crime related to an Aug. 1, 2003, incident at the Madison County Federal Credit Union on 53rd Street in Anderson.

Sylla ordered a bank teller and a customer -- who happened to be the city's assistant chief of police -- to the ground at gunpoint.

When the officer pulled his revolver and announced himself as police, the two exchanged gunfire.

Blood samples from the scene tied Sylla to the crime, but not until 2010, when Anderson police were notified that the DNA matched a federal inmate.

Sylla was in custody in Terre Haute for a 2005 bank robbery in Rushville.

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