Lake View, Garfield Ridge banks robbed; 1 held

Surveillance photo showing a man who robbed a TCF bank at 6107 S. Archer Ave. (FBI photo / August 18, 2014)

Two banks were robbed this morning and authorities have one of the suspects in custody already, Chicago police and the FBI said.

Charges are pending against one man arrested this afternoon in connection with the robbery of a Lake View bank, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada. The man entered a bank in the 700 block of West Diversey Parkway about 11:12 a.m. and gave a teller a note demanding money. The teller complied and he fled on foot, but Chicago police in the area spotted him and were able to apprehend him a short time later, said Estrada.

"Thankfully no one was injured,"’ Estrada said.

In an earlier, unrelated incident, a man suspected in two other bank robberies and one attempted heist robbed a bank in the 6100 block of South Archer Avenue in the city's Garfield Ridge neighborhood at 9:39 a.m.

"This is his fourth," said Hyde of the robbery at the TCF Bank branch, 6107 S. Archer Ave.

The man has not been given a nickname by the FBI yet, but Hyde described him as a "serial"’ robber who has hit only TCF banks. A clear picture was taken by bank surveillance today. "He looked right at the camera," Hyde said.

The robber handed a teller a demand note, the teller gave him an unknown amount of currency and he fled, said Estrada. "No weapon was displayed or implied," said Estrada.

He is a black man about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build, wearing clear, prescription glasses and some facial hair. He was wearing a black baseball cap and a faded black T-shirt today. The teller was not able to provide his approximate age.

He is not in custody and Area Central detectives and the FBI are investigating.

He is also suspected of robbing TCF banks in Oak Lawn on June 10, in Aurora on July 9, and he tried to rob one in LaGrange Park on July 16, said Hyde.

Since the beginning of the year there have been 107 bank robberies in the Chicago area, as compared to 122 to the entire year of 2013, said Hyde. "But we've had a number of serial bank robbers," Hyde said.

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