FBI Chicago
Special Agent Janine Wheeler
(312) 829-1199
January 5, 2015

Chicago Man Charged Following Attempted Bank Robbery

Robert J. Holley, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Office of the FBI, and Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, today announced that a man suspected of attempting to rob a bank Saturday afternoon has been charged in federal court. Andrew Garland, age 46, whose last known address was in the 8100 block of South Ellis, Chicago, is facing one count of attempted bank robbery, a felony offense.

According to the criminal complaint filed this morning in U.S. District Court in Chicago, a man entered the TCF Bank branch located at 1210 North Clark Street in Chicago, approached a bank teller, and made a demand for money. The complaint alleges that a bank assistant manager noticed a teller appearing shocked as she interacted with a man at the teller’s window, and, after asking the teller if she had been robbed, the assistant manager began to call the bank’s corporate security personnel, at which time the robber left the bank. Chicago Police Department officers in the area of the bank were notified of the attempted robbery and given a description of the robber, and a short time later, a CPD officer saw a man matching the description a short distance from the bank. After a brief foot chase, the man, later identified as Garland, was taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the FBI.

Garland appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary M. Rowland, who ordered him held pending his next court appearance, scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 9.

If convicted of the charge filed against him, Garland faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years’ incarceration.

The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.