Suspect linked to multiple robberies in Indiana, Michigan arrested

Rex Hammond is accused of robbing several convenience stores in Indiana and Michigan. Photo courtesy Marshall County Sheriff's Dept.

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) An Elkhart man who investigators believe may be responsible for multiple armed robberies in Michigan and Indiana was arrested Tuesday following a traffic stop near Plymouth, Indiana.

Rex Hammond, 53, is facing two felony charges of armed robbery in connection with two holdups in Logansport, according to the Indiana State Police. Hammond may also be responsible for robberies at gas stations in Decatur, Auburn and Peru, as well as in Portage and Kalamazoo, Michigan. The robberies all took place in September and October.

Surveillance photo of armed robbery suspect provided by Indiana State Police.

Hammond was pulled over at around 1:30 a.m. During the traffic stop he was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine and a fire arm. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as Alexandra Latendresse, 19, of Elkhart. She was in possession of paraphernalia.

When he was reportedly wearing the same clothes and shoes as the robber seen in surveillance video taken during the robbery at Johnson’s Junction in Decatur. He was also in possession of a gun similar to the one used in the robbery according to the Decatur Police Department. Authorities are in the process of preparing an arrest warrant for Hammond.

Hammond and Latendresse were transported to Marshall County Jail. Hammond was booked on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a serious felon and traffic violations. He is being held on no bond. Latendresse was booked on a preliminary charge of possession of paraphernalia. She is being held on $1,500 bond.

Indiana State Police said the Auburn Police Department, the Logansport Police Department, the Peru Police Department, the Decatur Indiana Police Department, the Kalamazoo Michigan Police Department, the Portage Michigan Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department all took part in the investigation.

Mugshot of Alexandra Latendrosse courtesy of the Indiana State Police.
Mugshot of Rex Hammond courtesy of the Indiana State Police.