TUPELO – Federal charges have been levied against two men accused of holding up a Tupelo bank branch last month.
Tyrell Hardiman, 33, and Rodney Wilson, 26, both of Memphis, have each been indicted on federal bank robbery and gun possession charges. They were transported to the federal detention center in Oxford last Wednesday, an FBI agent said.
The two men had been in custody on state charges in connection with the April 29 robbery of the Deposit Guaranty National Bank branch on North Gloster Street.
An FBI agent said Tuesday the courts will have to decide if the two are to be tried on federal or state charges.
A detention hearing has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday in federal court in Aberdeen for Hardiman. A detention hearing has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 30 in Oxford for Wilson.
Wilson and Hardiman are accused of holding up the Deposit Guaranty branch and leading police on a high-speed chase that ended in New Albany. Both suspects were shot as they attempted to flee on foot after wrecking their getaway truck.
The two also face state charges of grand theft auto for allegedly stealing one of two getaway vehicles from Colbert Auto World of Houston in Chickasaw County and burglary of a building for allegedly stealing 16 guns from Western Auto on state Highway 8 in Calhoun County.