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Court records: Two more suspects indicted in fatal Gary bank robbery that left Illinois security guard dead

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Two additional suspects have been indicted in connection with a deadly Calumet Township bank robbery that left an Illinois security guard dead, court records show.

Kenyon Hawkins, 34, and Briana White, 27, were named, according to federal court records. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Andrew Rodovich approved unsealing their indictments on May 10, records show.


James King and Hailey Gist-Holden, both 25, were both indicted previously. Documents allege Gist-Holden shot the guard, while King went inside to rob the bank.

Police were called just after 1 p.m. June 11, 2021 to First Midwest Bank on the 1900 block of W. Ridge Road in unincorporated Calumet Township.


Surveillance video showed two men in all black, who approached the bank from a wooded area southeast, according to charging documents. They shot the security guard in the face, who dropped to the ground, records state.

The guard was later identified as Richard Castellana, 55, of Tinley Park, Illinois, by the Lake County Coroner’s Office.

Arrested on foot, King, of Miami, was the first suspect charged — in Lake Superior Court — before federal prosecutors stepped in and indicted him days after the robbery.

King pleaded guilty to bank robbery and murder resulting from the discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence, records show. The former charge carries a penalty up to 25 years, while the latter ranges from 10 years to life.

His sentencing hearing is set for June 21 in federal court in Hammond.

He admitted in a March plea agreement coordinating with Gist-Holden and two others, not then named, in the robbery. One accomplice would be the get away driver in a U-Haul that Gist-Holden rented, while the other would listen to the police scanner.

King’s plea agreement alleges Gist-Holden would “handle” Castellana, shooting him dead before King went inside to get the cash.

A handgun and $9,000 cash in a black backpack were found about 25 yards from where King was arrested, police said.

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