2 indicted in Springboro bank stand-off

SPRINGBORO — A federal grand jury today indicted the two Indiana men, arrested last week after a five-hour bank standoff in Springboro, for attempted armed bank robbery.

Anton Alexander, 35, of Pendleton, Ind;, and Anthony Phillips, 43, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; each face up to 25 years in federal prison if convicted.

Alexander and Phillips surrendered Friday, April 27, ending a stand-off begun when they forced their way inside the Fifth Third Bank on North Main Street in Springboro as the manager was opening.

The bank manager escaped as officers began pulling up outside. No one was injured, although the bank manager said he was shot at as he ran from the building.

Both were released from Indiana prisons last year. They remained in the Hamilton County jail, pending a detention hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court m Cincinnati.

Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2261 or lbudd@DaytonDailyNews.com.

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