FBI Chicago
Special Agent Janine Wheeler
(312) 829-1199
March 12, 2015

Suspect in Evanston Bank Robbery Facing Federal Charge

A Chicago man arrested by Evanston Police a short time after a Wednesday afternoon bank robbery has been charged in federal court in connection with the 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, announced the charge today.

DeWayne L. Tucker, 25, whose last known address was in the Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago, was charged in a criminal complaint filed this morning in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of bank robbery, a felony offense, and appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary M. Rowland. Tucker was ordered held pending his next court appearance, scheduled for Monday, March 16, at 1:00 p.m.

According to the complaint, a robber entered the BMO Harris Bank branch located at 1638 Maple Avenue in Evanston, Illinois, at approximately 12:05 p.m. The robber approached a bank teller and made a demand for money, including a threat to shoot the teller if the teller did not comply with the robber’s requests, and left the bank on foot after receiving money from the teller, according to the complaint.

Shortly after the robbery, responding officers from the Evanston Police Department located an individual matching the description of the robber at a nearby train station, but the individual ran away as the officers attempted to stop him. That same individual, later identified as Tucker, was located inside a residence by additional responding Evanston officers and taken into custody without incident. Tucker was subsequently turned over to the FBI.

Mr. Holley thanked the Evanston Police Department for the rapid response to the robbery and apprehension of the suspected bank robber.

If convicted of the charge filed against him, Tucker faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

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.