Dugard and Owens in Washington County Jail; feds looking at charges PDF Print E-mail


Additional information released about the two suspects in the Pekin bank robbery on April 30 included a time line of the couple's alleged criminal activities.

Captain/Detective Bob Amick of the Scottsburg Police Department has at last had a chance to talk to the male suspect, who reportedly has confessed to three Indiana bank robberies, including the Pekin and Scottsburg incidents. Scott County State Bank's main office was struck by a lone male robber on April 24.

Billy J. Dugard, 36, formerly of Chicago, Il., and his companion, Ashley Owens, 26, Underwood, are now both being held at the Washington County Jail in Salem in connection with the Pekin bank robbery.

According to Det. Amick's recent interview with Dugard, he robbed the Scottsburg bank on April 24 and then drove to Dumont, a small town in northwestern Indiana, where he allegedly robbed a bank there.

On April 30, Dugard reportedly was photographed by surveillance cameras robbing the PNC Bank in Pekin. A witness told officers that he had gotten into a light-colored car driven by a woman with long blonde hair.

Det. Amick received copies of those surveillance camera photos when they were released by the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Noting a possible resemblance to photos taken of the robber at Scott County State Bank, he began investigating the crime from that angle. He also learned that Dugard's car had been seen in Dumont.

A day after the Pekin robbery, Det. Amick was contacted by an FBI agent investigating the Dumont robbery. Careful examination and comparison of the Pekin and Dumont photos aided the two law enforcement officers in determining that they were looking for the same man.

Then, Det. Amick received a tip that provided the missing link, a positive identification of both Dugard and the woman, Owens. "I was told that Dugard had been seen with a large amount of money and with a blonde female. From that source, we developed the pair's identifications, and we relayed that information to the Washington County Sheriff's Department and to the agent at Dumont," Amick said.

With this information, the pair was tracked to the small community of Delaware, Ohio, a town north of Dayton. Dugard and Owens were arrested there on Wednesday, May 2. Dugard waived extradition to Indiana and was returned to Washington County the same day. Owens waived extradition a day later.

Dugard had lived in Scottsburg for some time earlier in his life, Det. Amick said. Where he met Owens is still unclear, but the pair had some sort of relationship, and Owens has apparently been identified as the woman who drove Dugard away from the Pekin bank.

Robbery charges have been filed against the pair in Washington Circuit Court.

Asked what happens next, Det. Amick stated, "The overall scope of the investigation is now being considered for state and federal criminal charges." Possibly, Dugard could be charged in U.S. District Court instead of facing charges in three separate Indiana counties. Owens could also be tied into federal court charges.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 May 2012 09:21