Suspect in Marion bank robbery killed by police in California bank robbery
MARION, Ill. (KBSI) – The suspect in a March 1 bank robbery in Marion was shot by police officers in Fontana, California during a bank robbery on April 7.
Travis S. Tarrants, 45, was suspected in the robbery at People’s National Bank in Marion on March 1.
The then unidentified suspect left the area in a tan Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck. Neither the suspect nor his truck were immediately located by law enforcement.
Shares of pictures of the truck on Facebook led to members of the Bloomington (Indiana) Police Department identifying the truck as the same truck used in their Old National Bank robbery on Nov. 15, 2021.
According to Bloomington P.D., their investigation resulted in the arrest of the registered owner.
Tarrants was charged with the ONB bank robbery as well as additional charges once he resisted arrest and attempted to remove an officer’s gun from his holster, according to the Marion Police Department. Tarrants was later released on his own recognizance in January 2022. He failed to appear for his next hearing date in February and an arrest warrant was eventually issued.
Video surveillance showed Tarrants arrived to the west side of Marion in the late afternoon on Feb. 28. He settled down in a parking lot near to the PNB bank and remained there overnight inside his 2005 Chevrolet Colorado truck, only leaving the truck on the few occasions he walked to a nearby business to use the restroom. The following morning, video surveillance captured Tarrants as he left the parking lot and made the short drive to the People’s National Bank, where he wore a Jabbawockeez-like mask and entered the bank at 10:49 a.m. Tarrants, armed with what appeared to be a black semi-automatic pistol, robbed the bank and left Marion in his Chevrolet truck, according to Marion police.
On March 29, the Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office filed the charge of armed robbery against Tarrants and a nationwide warrant for his arrest was issued.
By that point, Tarrants’ truck had made its way to the Pacific coast where it was seen traveling through areas of southern California March 13 and March 27. Agencies within these areas were notified, but Tarrants’ exact location continued to remain just outside of law enforcement’s reach
On April 7 at 1:28 p.m. Pacific time, Marion police say Tarrants entered the Bank of America located at 15092 Summit Ave. in Fontana, California, armed with a gun and committed a robbery. Fontana police officers in the area for training, were able to quickly respond to the scene. Witnesses directed officers to a nearby Wendy’s that Tarrants was last seen entering. As he tried to exit the rear of the building, a confrontation between Fontana police officer and Tarrants ensued. This confrontation eventually led to officers shooting Tarrants who died at the scene. The gun recovered was found to be a replica firearm.