Chicago Man Charged with Robbing Loop Bank
CHICAGO—A man believed to have carried out two loop bank robberies within minutes of each other was arrested today by the FBI and charged in connection with one of those robberies. The arrest and charge were announced by Robert J. Holley, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI, and Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
TRACY LEE WRIGHT, 38, of 3555 South Cottage Grove in Chicago, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court with one count of bank robbery, a felony offense, for allegedly robbing the Citibank branch located at 11 South LaSalle Street in Chicago on June 11, 2014. He was arrested without incident this morning by members of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force and appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier. Wright is being held in federal custody pending his next court appearance, which is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 23, 2014.
According to the complaint, an individual later identified as Wright entered the Chase Bank branch located at 10 South Dearborn in Chicago last Wednesday at approximately 8:39 a.m. and, when addressed by a bank employee, indicated he would like to make a withdrawal and walked to a customer service island and began writing on a withdrawal slip. The robber then moved to the bank employee’s teller window, and, after being asked by the bank employee for a debit card and identification, the robber presented a note demanding $1,000 and indicating he had a gun, according to the complaint. After receiving cash from the bank employee, the robber left the bank.
Approximately five minutes later and about two blocks from the site of the Chase Bank robbery, a robber entered the Citibank branch and, as at the Citibank branch, told a bank employee that he wanted to make a withdrawal. The complaint alleges that the robber, later identified as Wright, presented a note demanding cash and threatening to kill the bank employee if the bank employee did not comply. The robber then told the bank employee to hurry and claimed to have a gun, according to the complaint. The robber fled on foot after the bank employee handed him money from the teller drawer.
If convicted of the charge filed against him, Wright faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
The Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force is comprised of FBI special agents, detectives from the Chicago Police Department and investigators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.
The public is reminded that a criminal 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.