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Federal counts filed in bank heist


– A federal grand jury has indicted a 22-year-old man on a bank robbery charge, accusing him of the February holdup of a PNC bank branch.

Deyante Stephens is charged, along with Christopher Seals, with the robbery of PNC bank on Coventry Lane. Seals, 22, is also accused of trying to rob a branch of the Three Rivers Federal Credit Union in March.

The two were identified in the PNC bank robbery by a fingerprint and DNA, according to federal court documents.

Stephens had been out of prison only a few weeks before the robbery.

He served a prison sentence for reckless homicide in the January 2010 shooting death of Christopher Ty-Ron Caldwell, 19.

Federal court documents also link Seals’ brother, Charles R. Seals Jr., 23, to the February PNC bank robbery, though he has not been charged in that robbery.

According to the Fort Wayne Police Department, three men armed with handguns robbed the bank at 5610 Coventry Lane and handcuffed one of the employees before fleeing about 9:15 a.m. Feb. 14.

Court documents allege that Charles Seals recruited Stephens to rob the bank and was later seen in a group of people with a backpack full of money. Charles Seals told a person in that gathering that he “robbed the PNC bank,” according to court documents.

Charles Seals was arrested Wednesday after an early-morning standoff with police and was charged Thursday with carrying a handgun without a license.

At 3:19 a.m. Wednesday, city police responded to a home in the 500 block of Pinegrove Lane where Seals was inside with a woman and her child, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police believed the woman and her child were being held by Seals and that he was armed. Shortly before 6 a.m., the woman exited the apartment and told police nothing was happening, court documents said.

Police searched the apartment and found a Taurus revolver stashed in a clothes hamper in the baby’s upstairs bedroom. The woman told police the gun was not hers and she didn’t know it was in her apartment.

Seals was then arrested and was being held without bail at Allen County Lockup.