First posted 12/18/2008 1:07 p.m.
Two masked men, one armed with a gun, overpowered a guard and robbed the Charter One Bank, 6020 Roosevelt, shortly before 11 a.m., Dec. 18.
According to Deputy Chief Carl Leidy, the two men entered the bank around 10:45 a.m. One grabbed a female security guard by the arm, placed her in a choke hold and held a gun against her head. The other man tried to jump over the teller’s counter, but failed. He then pointed a gun at her, held out a bag and said, “Sweetie, just put the money in there.” He moved over to a second teller and ordered her to hand over her cash as well. The two men then fled out the front door of the bank with an estimated $6,800, ran along Roosevelt to Humphrey, and entered a “black SUV-type vehicle” and drove away northbound.
Police secured the scene, which was been taken over by the FBI. Leidy said Oak Park police are canvassing nearby businesses and examining video surveillance camera footage that may have caught the pair entering the vehicle.
Leidy said the holdup was different from the robbery of another Charter One branch on the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue on Dec. 3. In that robbery, a lone man walked up to a teller shortly after 2:30 p.m. and handed over a note demanding cash.
“This was a takeover robbery,” said Leidy. “There were around 15 people, employees and customers in the bank.”
The robbery occurred two days after a similar morning robbery of a bank in Riverside. Around 9:30 on Dec. 16, two armed men made off with an undetermined amount of cash after robbing the Riverside branch of Bank of America, 3300 Harlem.
Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said five employees and two customers were inside the bank when two men, brandishing chrome handguns, announced the robbery. Initially, police believed the robbers fled in a green vehicle. They are now saying the getaway car was a silver, boxy-type vehicle similar to a Chrysler 300 or Nissan Altima. Customers were ordered to the floor in that robbery.