Munster robbery

Munster police are seeking the public's help in identifying this suspect, who is believed to have robbed a Munster bank Tuesday morning.

CROWN POINT — A 55-year-old man barricaded himself in a bedroom and jumped from a fourth-story window when police entered his Hammond apartment to serve warrants in a Munster bank robbery, records show.

Godoy Carpenter was immediately taken to a hospital while police executed search warrants for his apartment and a red Pontiac Firebird, according to Munster police and court records.

Investigators found $20 bills on Carpenter's floor, a small amount of suspected crack-cocaine and clothing similar to a blue suit and white fedora worn Jan. 7 by the man who robbed the First Midwest Bank branch at 750 Ridge Road in Munster, according to police and court records.

Detectives identified Carpenter as a suspect in the robbery after receiving several anonymous tips that he likely was the man seen in surveillance images from the bank, records state.

A man in a blue suit, gray shirt and white fedora presented a teller with a note that said, "Have gun in bag, give money," records allege.

The teller put $500 in the man's bag, but he demanded more money. After the teller put another $1,500 in the bag, the man left the bank and got into a red Pontiac Firebird with a distinctive gray-striped blanket in the back window, records say.

Police located a red Firebird with a gray-striped blanket outside Carpenter's apartment in the 5600 block of Sohl Avenue the evening of Jan. 7 and obtained search warrants for the car and apartment.

Carpenter remained in the hospital Monday, Munster police Lt. John Peirick said. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Carpenter likely will be taken into custody after his release from the hospital and taken to the Lake County Jail, where an initial hearing will be conducted.

Carpenter is facing felony charges of robbery, theft and possession of cocaine.

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