Many criminals prefer to be inconspicuous, but because we live in a digital, social media age where everyone wants 15 minutes of fame, there are some criminals who seek Internet stardom – because they just can’t wait for their Lifetime movie of the week.

Case in point, two criminals who said to hell with traditional ski masks to hide their mugs, so they dressed up as urban icons and robbed a bank, cementing hashtags on Twitter in their honor and gaining notoriety with each blog post and news report about them.

Last weekend, two unusual bank robbers became social media fodder when their photos were released by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announcing that they were involved in a bank robbery Saturday afternoon. The Internet thought it amusing that one of the criminals appears to be a ringer for the late Rick James, while the other could pass for a modern version of Super Fly.

According to local news station RTV6, two black men entered the Indiana Members Credit Union located in the 8900 block of Wesleyan Road at 12:38 p.m. on Sept. 19, and approached the teller counter with handguns demanding money out of the tills and the safe. The suspects forced the tellers to lay down on the floor of the safe until they left the building. No injuries were reported and witnesses say the suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police believe the Rick James suspect may also have robbed the Indiana Members Credit Union in the same city on Sept. 20. He is described as being 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches with long dreads. He was armed and wearing all black clothing.

The second suspect wore a wig, with a gray Indianapolis Colts hat and sunglasses, and he has been likened to fictional drug dealer Youngblood Priest from 1970s movie “Super Fly.”


Authorities have yet to identify the suspects and are asking anyone who has information to contact FBI Violent Crimes Task Force at 317 595-4000 or Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 317 262-TIPS (8477). Callers may also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).

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(Photo Source: The Indy Channel)

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