FBI Announces Arrest of Rolling Meadows Man Suspected of Being Hooded Bandit
CHICAGO—A man who allegedly robbed a Wood Dale bank on Thursday was arrested a short time after the heist and has been charged in connection with the robbery. EDWARD G. KLICH, 62, of the 3200 block of Peacock Lane in Rolling Meadows, was charged in a one-count criminal complaint filed this morning in U.S. District Court. The charge was announced today 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.
The complaint alleges that the robber, later identified as Klich, entered the U.S. Bank branch located at 333 East Irving Park Road in Wood Dale just before noon on Thursday, approached a bank teller and made a demand for money. Law enforcement officers responding to the robbery noted a green-colored Buick in the area of the bank. Aware that a green Buick had been identified as the vehicle allegedly used in other recent bank robberies in the area, the officers stopped the vehicle following a brief pursuit and arrested the driver, Klich.
Klich was subsequently turned over to the FBI and appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier, who ordered him held pending his next Federal Bureau of Investigation – Chicago Field Office court appearance. Klich is scheduled to appear again in court on Monday, September 15, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.
Klich is suspected of being the Hooded Bandit, so named by the FBI for his habit of wearing hoods during the commission of robberies. The Hooded Bandit is suspected of carrying out at least eight bank robberies in the northwest suburbs dating back to a July 28, 2011, robbery of a Chase Bank branch in Rolling Meadows.
If convicted of the charge filed against him, Klich faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Mr. Holley expressed his thanks to the officers of the Wood Dale Police Department responsible for the quick apprehension of Klich following yesterday’s robbery. He also thanked the Bensenville, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows and Wood Dale police departments for their assistance in the investigation of the robberies.
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.