The man suspected of robbing the TCF bank at 800 N. Harlem Ave. in River Forest Aug. 25, and 13 other possible banks, has been captured and charged with one count of bank robbery, the FBI announced on Sept. 3.
Rodrigo Medellin, 31, whom the FBI dubbed the “No Boundaries Bandit,” is suspected of robbing a string of Chicago-area banks.
Cicero police apprehended Medellin on Sept. 1. According to Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania, officers recognized Medellin and tracked him the vicinity of Roosevelt Road and 18th Avenue in Broadview. They arrested him at about 3 p.m. after a short vehicle chase and foot chase, said Hanania.
When apprehended, Medellin allegedly possessed a Tec 9 automatic weapon loaded with a 30-round magazine.
Cicero police charged him with aggravated assault to a police officer, aggravated fleeing and eluding, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, violating the terms of his parole and multiple traffic violations.
Medellin on Sept. 4 was formally charged by federal prosecutors with robbing Washington Federal Bank at 2869 S. Archer Ave. in Chicago. On June 11, according to the FBI, Medellin approached the teller and handed her a note indicating he had a gun and wanted cash from the drawer. The teller reportedly handed Medellin, who was wearing a T-shirt and baseball cap, $4,160.
He wasn’t quite so lucky in the River Forest robbery.
“The amount of [cash] stolen from the bank is being described as very small,” said Deputy Chief James O’Shea.
According to a federal complaint filed under seal on Aug. 25 and released publicly on Sept. 3, two informants — one an acquaintance facing charges in a separate case and the other a family member — identified Medellin as the “No Boundaries Bandit” to the FBI, which had offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to his arrest.
A person identified in the federal complaint as Individual A told the FBI on July 31 that Medellin had bragged to him about committing bank robberies. A family member contacted the FBI on Aug. 18, stating that Medellin “could be” the “No Boundaries Bandit.”
The FBI had been searching for leads on their suspect since May 16, when Medellin allegedly robbed a bank on Chicago’s Southwest Side. But Medellin’s actions were unpredictable, said the FBI, earning him the “No Boundaries” nickname. He reportedly targeted banks all over the area, from the near North Side in the city to the far southwest and northwest sides and the suburbs.
In addition to allegedly robbing the River Forest bank, Medellin is also suspected of robbing banks in Burbank, Stickney, Melrose Park, Northlake and North Riverside. His final robbery, according to the FBI, was at the PNC Bank branch at 6620 W. Ogden Ave. in Berwyn on Aug. 28.
Medellin is being held without bond at Cook County Jail. He has a court appearance related to the Cicero charges scheduled for Sept. 23 at the Maybrook courthouse in Maywood.