According to officials with the Brazil City Police Department, the investigation began as a forgery complaint at First Financial Bank, 2180 East National Ave., Brazil, shortly after 5 p.m., Friday.
James Bush, 51, Kentucky, entered the bank and immediately claimed he was being forced to cash a forged check by three black males who were waiting for him in a white sport utility vehicle (SUV) parked in The Freeze parking lot across the street.
According to a statement to BCPD Patrolman Elliott Mullinix, Bush explained he was looking for work in Indianapolis to get enough money to go back home to Kentucky when one of the suspects stopped and asked if he could do some construction work.
When Bush agreed and got into the vehicle, he said two more men also got inside and the driver took Interstate-70 into Brazil.
Bush said he was not allowed to leave the vehicle during the trip.
Upon arrival in Brazil, Bush said the driver went to Walmart.
While two of the suspects went inside to purchase new clothing, Bush was allegedly held in the vehicle.
While Bush was forced to change clothes, the suspects allegedly forged a check for him to cash at the local bank.
Officials confirmed to The Brazil Times Sunday the check was from an undisclosed local business.
While leaving the bank, Mullinix saw the SUV leave the parking lot and turn east on United States 40.
But the driver refused to stop and drove into the Harmony area, colliding with some road signs and damaging the SUV. After briefly losing police, the driver headed back to U.S. 40 and turned west.
Meanwhile, BCPD Captain Mark Loudermilk, Clay County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Rob Gambill and Deputy James Switzer and Knightsville Town Marshal Garry Howard joined pursuit.
In the area of U.S. 40 and Clay Street, Mullinix caught up with the SUV as it stopped and the suspects fled on foot. (During the course of the investigation, officials have confirmed the SUV is a rental car from Georgia.)
Mullinix quickly caught one suspect near the vehicle with the help of a local resident, while CCSD K-9 Handler Brison Swearingen and K-9 Officer Dayk located a second suspect in a bean field across the street.
Initially, an extensive search for the third male was unsuccessful.
However, around 10:20 p.m., Friday, an off-duty sheriff's deputy observed the third suspect walking west on U.S. 40 in the area of Tower Road.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout signed probable cause affidavits and formal charging information for each of the suspects on Saturday.
However, all three case files are being reviewed by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for more potential charges while the investigation continues.
Officials also confirmed Drake, who officials believe was the driver, is also facing an outstanding arrest warrant from Allen County, Ind.
The three remain incarcerated while awaiting further court proceedings later this week.