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Crime & Courts

Bond set at $100,000 for man charged in attempted Downers Grove bank robbery

Bond was set at $100,000 Dec. 3 for a Chicago man who allegedly attempted to rob the West Suburban Bank in Downers Grove.

Simeon Harris, 35, of 2600 block of South Indiana Avenue, has been charged with one count of attempt robbery and one count of burglary. He is currently on probation for a federal bank robbery, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.

At about 5:39 p.m. Dec. 2, Harris allegedly entered the bank, the 5330 Main St., and passed a note to the teller that stated, “This is a robbery. No silent alarms, no die packs or trace money. Empty drawer," the release stated.

When the bank teller told Harris she was unable to open the drawer and provide any money to him, Harris grabbed his note and walked out of the bank. Police located Harris outside the bank, and after a brief foot chase he was apprehended, the release stated.

“According to the United States Department of Justice, our nation suffered more than 3,000 bank robberies in 2018, 108 of which were in Illinois,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. "Thankfully, Mr. Harris’ alleged attempt to rob the West Suburban Bank was unsuccessful and no one was injured.”

Harris’ next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 20 for status.

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