Reward Offered for Information About Armed Bank Robbery Duo
|FBI Chicago May 22, 2014|
Robert J. Holley, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Office of the FBI, today announced that a reward of up to $5,000 is being offered to anyone having any information that leads to the identification of the individuals depicted in the attached wanted flyer. These individuals are believed responsible for at least two armed bank robberies and one attempted armed robbery that have occurred on the far west side of Chicago, in addition to a number of armed robberies of retail, liquor and food stores in the same area.
The first of the bank robberies occurred at a BMO Harris Bank branch located at 4959 West North Avenue on the morning of April 19, 2014. Two men entered the bank, and one of the men approached a teller window and displayed a handgun, while the other remained in the customer area of the bank. Pointing the gun in the direction of a bank employee, the man at the teller window demanded money, and, after receiving cash, the pair fled the bank on foot. It is believed the robber who was at the teller window returned to the same bank on May 8 and attempted to carry out a robbery but fled without cash when it became apparent that bank employees recognized him. The most recent robbery occurred the following day when a Charter One branch located at 6700 West North Avenue in Federal Bureau of Investigation-Chicago Field Office Chicago was also robbed. The robber again displayed a handgun during the course of the robbery.
The individuals have been described as follows:
- Race/sex: Black male
- Age: 30 to 40 years old
- Height: 6’0” tall
- Build: Medium
- Facial hair: Short beard
- Race/sex: Black male
- Age: Mid-20s
- Height: 5’10” tall
- Complexion: Dark
In an effort to identify the individuals involved, FBI agents and Chicago Police Department (CPD) detectives reviewed other recent armed robberies in the area of the bank heists. Based on witness descriptions and video surveillance photographs, the FBI and CPD believe these individuals may have carried out a number of armed robberies at a variety of west side businesses beginning in early April. One of the robberies believed to be connected to these individuals occurred at a fast food establishment immediately after the failed bank robbery attempt on May 8.
Anyone recognizing these individuals or having information about any of these robberies is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700 or CPD.
Additional information about these and other unsolved Chicago area bank robberies, including downloadable photographs, is available online at the Bandit Tracker website, www.bandittrackerchicago.com.