Indianapolis News and HeadlinesIndianapolis Local NewsIndianapolis Crime News


Suspect in Lafayette carjacking, Michigan bank robbery arrested in Illinois

Jacob Robert Edwards .png
Posted at 3:46 PM, Jan 20, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-20 16:33:04-05

LAFAYETTE — The FBI says a man wanted in connection to a Lafayette carjacking and Michigan bank robbery has been arrested in Vermillion County, Illinois.

On Jan. 17, the FBI says Jacob Robert Edwards, 18, robbed a bank in New Baltimore, Michigan.

Two days later, authorities say he stole a truck in Lafayette around 7 p.m.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office says the victim had stopped to help a disabled motorist when he heard his vehicle door open. That motorist, later identified as Edwards, got into the victim's truck and started to drive away.

Deputies say the victim tried to stop Edwards but Edwards punched him several times and the victim eventually fell from the vehicle.

Around 3 a.m. on January 20, Edwards and the stole truck were located in Illinois.

Deputies say Edwards led them on a pursuit before he drove into a field and ran. He is still at large.

The FBI asked for help locating Edwards but confirmed he was in custody Friday afternoon.