Former Bedford Resident Shot Following Bank Robbery in California
FONTANNA CA, - ( April 12, 2022) - A former Bedford resident, and Spencer Indiana man was killed following a bank robbery in California. Travis Tarrants, 45, Spencer, was also charged in a Bloomington Bank robbery and was expected in court for a hearing.
Police said that Tarrants attempted to rob a Bank of America at gunpoint in Fontana, California, on April 7, and fled into a nearby Wendy's and tried to blend in with customers.
Customers notified police of his location and ran out a backdoor and was confronted by police officers.
The confrontation led to one officer being shot. Tarrants died as a result of his injuries.
Tarrants robbed an Old National Bank on West Third Street, in Bloomington on November 15. He was charged with armed robbery, attempted to disarm a police officer, and resisting law enforcement.
A judge released Tarrants from jail in January 2022. Tarrants failed to show up for a February 15 hearing, and an arrest warrant was issued on February 28th.
Tarrants has been no stranger to the law after he was accused of stalking and intimidating a couple six years ago.
He failed to get a job as a teacher and basketball coach and mailed dead animals to both of the victims at work. He also accused a man of having a sexual relationship with an underage student.
He began harassing a man chosen for the positions at Springs Valley School Corporation in French Lick and his finance.
One of the packages was listed as being sent from the male victim's finance and was mailed to the Seymour School District Administration building.
Two other packages were intercepted by the Indianapolis Post Office. One listed as being sent from Medora High School athletic director and the other being sent from the basketball coach at Brownstown High School.
The Jasper Post Office intercepted another package, containing a dead raccoon.
He left threatening and intimidating voicemails and called Indiana Department of Child Services to the agency on the unfounded allegations of Sexual abuse.
Tarrants pleaded guilty to those charges on two counts of stalking and was sentenced to five years in the Indiana Department of Corrections.
He was released from prison in September of 2021.