Bank robbery suspect waives extradition, returns from Texas
William (Donnie) Ritter, 26, accused of robbing two Harrison County banks last month, was brought back from Texas last week and arraigned Wednesday morning in Harrison Superior Court.
He is accused of two felony charges of robbery and one count of being a persistent felony offender.
A preliminary plea of not-guilty was entered on Ritter’s behalf by Judge Roger D. Davis. A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. He will also return to court on Nov. 29 at 9 a.m. on a petition to revoke his suspended sentence for the 2001 robbery of Community First Bank in downtown Corydon.
He had been released from prison earlier this year after serving four years for that crime.
Dressed in black and white striped inmate’s outfit, Ritter was led into the courtroom in chains by jail commander Bruce LaHue last week, along with several other inmates recently taken into custody. Ritter waited quietly as motions on the other cases were heard and resolved.
He remained in jail yesterday, with bond set at $150,000 full cash only. He told the judge he will attempt to hire his own attorney.
Ritter is accused of robbing First Harrison Bank’s Palmyra branch on July 8 and Community First Bank’s downtown Corydon office on July 18. No one at either bank was physically injured, police said, and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken. The bank robber allegedly told the teller at Palmyra that he had a weapon, but none was shown.
Ritter, a fugitive, was apprehended July 21 by U.S. customs agents as he attempted to re-enter the United Sates, near Laredo, Texas, from Mexico. He waived extradition and was brought back to Harrison County by Indiana State Police Det. Bill Wibbels and Harrison County Sheriff’s officer Anthony Mills.