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Crime & Courts

FBI charge Lakewood man in Elmhurst bank robbery

ELMHURST – A Lakewood man who allegedly robbed an Elmhurst bank the morning of Oct. 6 has been ordered detained after his Oct. 9 appearance before a federal judge.

Evan Hall, 31, allegedly stole $2,999 from Bank of America, 205 N. Addison Ave., at about 10:36 a.m.

"The robber said to Teller A words to the effect of 'I have a gun and if you don't give me all your money, I will start shooting people. Teller A was frightened by the robber's words and immediately began gathering money from the teller drawer. The robber repeated his threats to shoot people again," FBI Special Agent Shanna K. Saunders said in an Oct. 8 affadavit provided to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois' Eastern Division.

The teller then handed over "lower denomination" U.S. currency that included a thin GPS location tracker, which was activated by movement and began emiting location notifications after the teller picked it up inside the bills that were handed to Hall, who allegedly fanned the money out as if to check for a tracker or dye pack and then ran out of the bank, Saunders said.

Law enforcement officers were able to monitor the GPS tracker's location in real time, and Elmhurst Police Department officers tracked it to a gas station at 414 S. Kostner Ave. in Chicago, to which Chicago Police Department officers also responded, Saunders said.

Hall allegedly was driving a white Honda CR-V that had been reported stolen earlier in the day Oct. 6 to the McHenry Police Department, she said. Police officers found the tracker from the bank and $2,886.10 in a backpack Hall had with him, according to the affadavit. The additional missing bank funds were not explained in the affadavit.

Officers detained Hall at about 11:15 a.m. Oct. 6 at the gas station, Saunders said.

As bank robbery is a federal offense, Elmhurst police transferred the offender to the custody of special agents with the FBI for further investigation, Elmhurst Deputy Police Chief Mike McLean said in an email Oct. 6.

"Great work by the Elmhurst Police Department and the Chicago Police Department," FBI Chicago media coordinator and Special Agent Janine L. Wheeler said in an email.

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