Armed robbers break into Taco Bell drive-thru in Fishers

Armed robbers break into Taco Bell drive-thru in Fishers

FISHERS, Ind. — An armed Taco Bell robber was fleeing police when a K9 dog grabbed him from behind, causing him to tense up and fire a shot from the handgun he was holding tightly.

Fortunately, no one was hit by the gunfire and the robber was taken into custody, although his accomplices remain unknown at this stage.

Fredrick A. Nance, 24, was arrested June 30 by the Fishers Police Department after he was caught fleeing the scene of an armed robbery that involved two masked men crawling through a Taco Bell drive-thru window and forcing employees at gunpoint to open a safe.

Nance is charged with 27 separate counts for his involvement in the robbery, including a Level 2 felony count of burglary and several Level 3 felony counts, including armed robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

According to court documents, Nance and an unknown accomplice climbed through the drive-thru window of a Taco Bell located at 11425 Allisonville Road in Fishers around 1:30 a.m. on June 30. Nance was armed with a handgun modified with a machine gun conversion device and an extended magazine.

A witness said the second suspect was also armed with a firearm.

The employees fled after spotting the gunmen climbing into the fast food restaurant, but Nance and his accomplice were able to catch several of them. The employees told police the robbers threatened to kill them if they ran and pointed the gun at them while forcing them to open a safe and cash registers.

Nance eventually fled the Taco Bell after stealing several employees’ phones and more than $1,000 in cash. Nance also took one of the employees’ vehicles, a Dodge Challenger.

Photo of the scene where Nance escaped from a stolen car. Provided by Fishers Police

A K9 officer responding to the scene spotted the stolen Challenger and gave chase, court documents show. Nance is accused of driving recklessly in an attempt to outrun the officer. He eventually escaped from the car at Castle Creek Apartments and fled the scene.

Tiesto the dog chased Nance. His handler reportedly heard a gunshot and became concerned about his partner. The officer found Tiesto clinging to Nance’s rear and quickly restrained him.

Police found Nance’s handgun under a nearby vehicle.

Photo of Nance’s gun provided by Fishers police

According to court documents, Nance eventually confessed to the robbery and called it a “crime of opportunity.” Nance said he was in a vehicle with two other people when he decided to rob the Taco Bell. He and another suspect crawled through the drive-thru window to commit the crime.

Nance did not identify his accomplices, according to court documents.

He did, however, admit to firing a shot from his handgun while fleeing police, the documents state. Nance said it was inadvertent and happened when he tensed up and pulled the trigger when K9 Tiesto bit him in the rear.

No one appears to have been hit by the gunshot.

The documents detail how video surveillance footage and witness testimony also matched the outfit Nance was wearing when he was arrested by police.

Police said the money stolen from Taco Bell has not been recovered.

Anyone with information about other suspects in this robbery is asked to call police investigators at (317) 595-3300.