Masked man with a sword found guilty of attempted armed robbery, prosecutor says

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Following a two-day trial, a jury found 38-year-old Ryan Hensley guilty of multiple charges, in connection with an attempted armed robbery at an Evansville restaurant in September of 2018.

Hensley was found guilty of attempted armed robbery, intimidation with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, and attempted theft.

The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office said Hensley was wearing a mask and riding a bicycle.

He pulled up to a man on a scooter in the parking lot of a Taco Bell off US 41 and asked for a ride.

When the man on the scooter declined, the prosecutor’s office said Hensley pulled out a sword, pointed it at the victim’s chest, and asked, “Do you want to lose your life?”

The sword was approximately three feet long, authorities said.

The man on the scooter backed away and Hensley took off.

A short time later, authorities learned that it was Hensley so they went to his home and located the sword and mask.

The officers also located the bike described by the victim.

Following the verdict on Tuesday, Hensley admitted to the Habitual Offender enhancement in reference to prior felony convictions.

“This happened in broad daylight at lunch time off a busy roadway,” said Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann. “Random acts of violence against vulnerable citizens will not be tolerated.”

“Without skipping a beat, our victim in this case called 911 and gave crucial information to emergency dispatchers,” said Deputy Prosecutor John Bober. “That description immediately sent officers in the right direction. The victim in this case was on his way to work. And the defendant is now on his way to prison.”

Hensley will be sentenced on May 20.

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(This story was originally published on April 16, 2019)

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