Robbery

Police officers from various agencies collect evidence along I-94 near the Porter-Lake counties line in northwest Indiana. Items, including money, were tossed from a vehicle occupied by suspects involved in a hold up of the LaPorte Savings Bank on Johnson Road in LaPorte, Ind. Friday April 20, 2012. (AP Photo/The News Dispatch, Bob Wellinski) (April 22, 2012)

If you find money along I-94 in LaPorte County, don’t count it as your lucky day.

Friday’s afternoon armed robbery of LaPorte Savings Bank evolved into a two-state chase with the suspect, 32-year-old David Ziesel, being arrested in Illinois -- but not before he tossed the bank’s money from his vehicle.

Police say just after Ziesel left the bank on West Johnson Road in a tan SUV, a Michigan City Police detective and an off-duty LaPorte County deputy in his marked police vehicle caught sight of the suspect’s SUV.

As they tried to stop Ziesel, a chase ensued, but not before the SUV struck the deputy’s vehicle, according to a LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department news release.

As the robber tried for his high-speed getaway via I-94, he began tossing money. The pursuit continued into Illinois with Ziesel captured in Elburn, in Kane County.

WMAQ-TV reports Ziesel was charged in Kane County, Ill., with felony aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer and a misdemeanor charge of resisting a peace officer. Charges in other jurisdictions are pending.

If you do find any money, please call the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department at 219-326-7700.

 

Additional information provided by the Associated Press.