Police: Live-In Boyfriend Held Girl Hostage In Bank Robbery

Man Faces Charges In Brazen Bank Robbery

The live-in boyfriend of the mother of an 11-year-old girl who was briefly held hostage during a bank robbery on Indianapolis' west side Saturday was arrested Friday on charges related to the robbery.

Daniel Wayne Oliver (pictured), 41, was arrested on charges of criminal confinement and robbery in the heist at a Huntington Bank branch in the 6700 block of Rockville Road, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported, and police think the girl's mother was also aware of the scheme.

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According to a police report, the girl's mother told investigators that Oliver directed her to bring her children to the bank so that the robbery "would add dramatic effects and make it seem more frightful for the employees on duty there."

Police said the mother told them that the girl said she thought the suspect was Oliver because "daddy told me the gun wasn't real."

"We believe that, given the information in her interviews and so forth, that she (mother) had knowledge of it, and so that's what we're looking into," said Indianapolis police Lt. Jeff Duhamell. "We're trying to confirm exactly how much she knew, but she is cooperating with us on this."

Officers recovered money they believe was taken from the bank, along with other items investigators think link him to the robbery during a raid of the home where the family lives, near 10th Street and County Line Road.

Investigators said Oliver has lived in the home for four years.

One neighbor said she was shocked by the allegations.

"It's really difficult to think that. I mean, I've known her for many years, and I've known him for quite a while, and it's hard to think that somebody could do that," the woman said.

Two armed men, wearing wigs and masks, went into the at about 11 a.m. Saturday, demanding money.

One of the men grabbed the girl at gunpoint and held her in a headlock. The men left the bank with what authorities described as a substantial amount of cash.

A neighbor told 6News Thursday that Oliver paid off a $1,000 debt in the days after the robbery, and a former clerk said Oliver had been buying hundreds of dollars worth of lottery tickets at a nearby convenience store.

The girl was not injured in the robbery and returned to school on Thursday.

Oliver is not the girl's father, although she referred to him as dad, police said. He had been arrested Thursday on a warrant in an unrelated incident.

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