Man charged in connection with 1st Source Bank robbery has initial hearing

Andrew Gardner, 24, had his initial hearing Thursday, Aug. 7. He faces multiple charges in connection with the incident.

Posted on Aug. 8, 2014 at 7:47 a.m.

GOSHEN — A man facing multiple charges for allegedly going on a robbery spree in May appeared in Elkhart’s Circuit Court for his initial hearing Thursday, Aug. 7. 

Andrew Gardner, 24, of Elkhart was arrested on a warrant, according to court files. He was charged with robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, three counts of robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, battery resulting in bodily injury and aiding to commit robbery on July 24.

According to the probable cause affidavit for Gardner’s arrest, officers from the Elkhart Police Department responded to reports of a robbery at a 1st Source Bank at 2020 E. Bristol St. on May 7. 

A bank teller told police a man came inside displaying a gun and handed her a note demanding money.

Antwan Horton, 18, of Elkhart, was arrested the next day in connection with the robbery and has since been charged.

About four days after Horton was arrested, Steven Bonds Jr., 21, turned himself in. He was also charged with one count of robbery.

Both Bonds and Horton spoke with police, saying Gardner not only was involved in the robbery, but took part in at least three other robberies between May 3 and May 7.

Horton, Bonds and Gardner drove around the city the night of May 3 and the early morning of May 4, robbing victims along the street at gunpoint, according to the probable cause affidavit. 

In two of those robberies, the victims told police the suspects hit them in the face or on the head.

Gardner was appointed an attorney from the public defender’s office. The court scheduled his next hearing for Oct. 2.

Horton also appeared in court for a hearing. His trial was continued to January 2015.

His trial was scheduled for Jan. 5, 2015. 

Follow reporter Sharon Hernandez on Twitter at @Sharon_HT.

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