‘Joke’ sends police to possible Parachute bank robbery; felony charges result
A “bizarre” scene unfolded at the Wells Fargo Bank in Parachute last Friday, as Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey described the case against Silt resident Bannon Lindsay at a court hearing Monday.
Lindsay, 45, now faces felony criminal attempt and robbery charges as a result of his alleged actions that day.
According to an arrest affidavit, Lindsay entered the bank before noon on April 5 and allegedly made statements to bank employees that he was going to rob the bank.
Bank employees reported the incident to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, and Lindsay was ultimately arrested outside the bank.
When deputies arrived, Lindsay had gone back inside the bank’s ATM area, but the doors into the main bank area had been locked as a matter of policy due to the employees’ concerns, according to the report.
According to the employee accounts, Lindsay attempted to open the locked bank doors before officers arrived.
While Lindsay was still inside the ATM area, a sheriff’s deputy waited outside the bank with his rifle, according to the arrest affidavit. When Lindsay exited the ATM he was detained by the deputy.
Lindsay told police he was “just joking,” states the affidavit, and reportedly laughed when he saw police had been called.
Employees at the bank later said they did not think he was going to hurt them and confirmed he said he was joking to them as well, but each said they were “uncomfortable” from him.
Lindsay’s bond was set at $1,000 at the arraignment hearing on Monday.
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