Would-be robber hits U.S. Bank in Oak Park

FBI says man left empty-handed


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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

A bank robber tried to hit an Oak Park branch of U.S. Bank Friday morning, but the FBI said the man left empty-handed.

The attempted robbery occurred at the 104 N. Oak Park Ave. branch of U.S. Bank around 10 a.m., according to FBI spokeswoman Cynthia Yates.

However, the robber was unsuccessful and fled without getting any money.

The man allegedly walked into the bank and handed a demand note to one of the tellers at the bank, and implied he had a gun, according to Ross Rice, another spokesman for the FBI.

However, another teller who was standing nearby figured out what was happening and picked up the phone to dial 911, Rice said.

At that point, the man "got spooked" and ran out of the branch, Rice said.

Friday afternoon, the FBI posted images of the alleged robber on its website, bandittrackerchicago.com. He was described as a black man, approximately 40 years old and between 5'7" and 5'8" tall. He was wearing a Kangol hat, a long black leather jacket and a yellow polo shirt.

The bank's main lobby was closed after the robbery, and a printed-out sign taped to the door read, "This office is temporarily closed due to an emergency."

Bank employees were seen walking around the lobby calmly, and the bank's ATM was still open and being used by customers.

Two FBI agents, who took over the investigation from Oak Park police, left the bank around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Rice said agents were still on the street seeking the man as of 5:20 p.m. Friday.

Anyone with more information should call the FBI's Chicago office at (312) 421-6700.

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Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 3:32 PM

What about that poor Charter One branch on Roosevelt and Austin? When you open an account, it's in the fine print: We get robbed every quarter.

anne from oak park  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 12:47 PM

That poor branch is always a target...

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