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Clark County

June 17, 2014

Armed robbery call leads to SWAT standoff in Jeffersonville

Tanjelo Bonner faces multiple felony charges

JEFFERSONVILLE — A report of an armed robbery early Sunday morning led to a three-hour standoff between the Jeffersonville SWAT team and the robbery suspect before the man surrendered.

Tanjelo Bonner, 23, Gail Drive in Jeffersonville, is being held at the Michael E. Becher Adult Correctional Complex under a $75,000 full-cash bond.

According to Jeffersonville Police Department Detective Brian Mitchell, JPD received a report at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday of an armed robbery. According to the complaint, a man opened the door of a car parked along the 700 block of Meigs Avenue, pointed a gun in the face of a female passenger and demanded and took her cash. The female passenger provided a description of Bonner, and police determined that he was inside a residence on that block, Mitchell said.

The SWAT team responded at about 3 a.m., Mitchell said, and Bonner surrendered to police at about 6:15 a.m.

“He didn’t resist,” Mitchell said. “He came out.”

Bonner faces the preliminary charges of robbery and possession of a firearm by a serious felon, both class B felonies; intimidation, a class C felony; pointing a firearm and criminal recklessness, both class D felonies.

The woman’s money was not found on Bonner, Mitchell said.

Bonner was interviewed by JPD detectives and then sent to the jail at about 9:30 a.m., Mitchell said. The jail book-in sheet provided to the News and Tribune by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office lists Bonner’s book-in date as 12:19 p.m. Monday.  

Bonner has a lengthy criminal history that dates back to his teens. Most recently, Bonner accepted a plea agreement April 28 wherein he agreed to plead guilty to one count of forgery, a class C felony. He was sentenced to four years in prison with three suspended, with the last year being credited for time served in jail and home detention.

In 2010, Bonner accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery, a class C felony.

In 2011, Bonner pleaded guilty to resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana. As part of that agreement, a charge against Bonner of possession of a firearm by a serious felon was dropped.

Bonner’s family was indicted in a hospital assault in March 2007. Thomas Bonner Sr., Tanjelo Bonner and Tevin Bonner were accused of attacking several members of the emergency room staff at Clark Memorial Hospital. Tanjelo Bonner was sentenced as a juvenile on battery charges related to the incident.

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