Police Hoping to Identify Bank Robbery Suspect

(Chicago Police Department)(Chicago Police Department)

Chicago police are seeking help to identify a man suspected of robbing a pair of downtown banks last month.

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Investigators on Sunday released surveillance photos of a male suspect who’s accused of robbing the two banks in broad daylight, telling employees he was armed with a gun and demanding cash before fleeing the area.

One bank is located in the 0-100 block of South Dearborn Street. It was robbed just after 1 p.m. on Jan. 16. The other bank is located on the 1300 block of South Michigan Avenue, which was robbed at 3:47 p.m. on Jan. 31.

In both instances, the suspect is seen entering the bank and casing the area, observing daily operations from inside the bank lobby before walking out. Police say he would then return later and confront a bank teller, handing over a deposit slip with a handwritten note stating that this was a “hold up.”

The suspect said he had a gun and demanded money, according to police. Once he received the money, he would leave the bank and take off in “various” vehicles.

Police describe the suspect as an African-American man with short black hair and a black and gray goatee. He's in his late 40s or early 50s, between 5-foot-2 and 5-foot-6, and around 150 to 180 pounds.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8384.

Contact Matt Masterson: @ByMattMasterson[email protected] | (773) 509-5431


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