Man in Bulls hat robs Harlem Ave. bank

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Oak Park police said an unknown man wearing a Chicago Bulls hat handed a bank teller a note "implying he had a gun" at North Community Bank, 601 N. Harlem Ave. on Monday. He fled with approximately $3,000.

Police said the offender, described as a male Hispanic around 5 feet, 7 inches tall with a medium build jumped into a waiting vehicle of unknown make driven by a second offender, also Hispanic around 5-10 with a large build and black-framed glasses.

The vehicle headed eastbound on Erie Street around 4:45 p.m.

Anyone with information can call the FBI in Chicago at 312-421-6700.

Contact: jean@forestparkreivew


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OP Transplant  

Posted: August 12th, 2014 2:04 PM

Yeah. I understand the teller said, "Dude, you self-identify as Hispanic, right?" and the robber said, "You betcha!"

Ken C. from Oak Park  

Posted: August 12th, 2014 1:34 PM

My guess is that he was identified as Hispanic by the person standing three feet away getting held up.

OP Transplant  

Posted: August 9th, 2014 1:36 PM

Maybe the police should have some employees of Oak Park's apartment rental companies review these tapes. According to project HOPE, they can identify race with a phone call.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: August 8th, 2014 2:14 PM

technically hispanic would mean that the person has a cultural or historic relationship with spain (and sometimes portugal). Not easy to define in pictures or video as many hispanic don't have the stereotypical coloring and facial features commonly associated with spanish decent. Note in this picture miss universe 2011 from mexico has blue/green eyes. a trait common to jalisco.


Posted: August 7th, 2014 3:47 PM

@Oakparkbob He reportedly referred to the money as "dinero", and right before he left, he said "Adios amigos!"


Posted: August 7th, 2014 2:37 PM

Why have cameras if they do not show a perp's face? What exactly does Hispanic mean & how do you identify someone as Hispanic?

OP Transplant  

Posted: August 7th, 2014 1:05 PM

You gotta kidding me. Now we all have to get stickers banning the implication of guns?

Jim Bowman from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 7th, 2014 12:14 PM

It's that easy?

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