U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Illinois
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March 27, 2015

Volo, Illinois Woman Charged in Federal Court with Attempted Robbery of Chase Bank in Johnsburg

ROCKFORD, IL—A Lake County woman was charged yesterday in federal court with attempted bank robbery. TERESA M. KNOWLES, 39, of Volo, Ill., was charged with the attempted robbery of Chase Bank located at 2911 Commerce Drive, Johnsburg, Illinois, on March 24, 2015. According to the complaint, Knowles entered Chase Bank at about 4:36 p.m. and approached a teller window at the counter and passed a note to the teller demanding money. The teller refused to turn over any money to the defendant and the defendant left the bank. Thereafter, officers of the McHenry Police Department stopped Knowles in a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle used in the attempted robbery.

Knowles is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Iain D. Johnson for an initial appearance on March 31, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in federal court in Rockford.

Attempted bank robbery carries a maximum potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release following imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and full restitution. If convicted, the court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

The public is reminded that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The charge was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of Federal Bureau of Investigation; Keith Von Allmen, Chief of the Johnsburg, Illinois Police Department; John M. Jones, Chief of the McHenry, Illinois Police Department; and Phillip Perlini, Chief of the Grayslake, Illinois Police Department.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Love.

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