Man gets 188-month sentence for robbing bank

Markell Palmer-Tate, 27, of Fort Wayne, has been sentenced to 188 months in prison for bank robbery by U.S. District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty. The term will be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

According to documents in the case, on April 11, 2016, Palmer-Tate and his two co-defendants attempted to rob a First Source Bank in Fort Wayne. In the weeks leading up to this attempted robbery, Palmer-Tate and his co-defendants had text message conversations about which bank to rob and on what date. Palmer-Tate had requested time off from work for the day of the robbery.

Bank security video also captured Palmer-Tate “casing” the bank days before the robbery. On the day of the planned robbery, a bank employee was kidnapped and pistol whipped by one of Palmer-Tate’s co-defendants. Another bank employee, who was in a separate vehicle, managed to drive off and eluded being kidnapped. Palmer-Tate drove evasively in an attempt to block that victim’s escape. That victim had to drive up an embankment to get away from Palmer-Tate’s attempts to trap her in the parking lot.

The abducted bank employee was eventually released.