Elgin Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested Following Tense Manhunt

UPDATED 01/19/12 6:10 a.m.

ELGIN, Ill. (CBS) — Some Elgin residents were on lockdown Wednesday night as police searched for a bank robber.

The robber is now in custody, along with two other suspects who were arrested earlier.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports, police used helicopters and search dogs to look for an armed man they believe is responsible for robbing the Elgin State Bank, 590 N. McLean Blvd., around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports

Residents were told to lock their doors and stay inside.

Reports indicated that at some point after the bank was robbed, police began chasing a car with three occupants to the residential area near Royal Boulevard and Ruth Drive, where two got out and fled on foot; the third occupant was arrested. One of the two who fled on foot reportedly was captured soon afterward about four blocks away in the 700 block of Scott Drive.

The third suspect was arrested early Thursday morning, after an investigation led police to Batavia.

When the bank was robbed, Elgin police were already investigating a reported robbery about 4:40 p.m. at the pharmacy of the Super Walmart at Bowes and Randall roads. Information on that incident was not immediately available.

A third robbery was reported at 5 p.m., at the Check Into Cash at 551 Dundee Ave. in East Dundee. According to Police Chief Terry Mee, a man wearing dark-colored clothing and brandishing a black handgun walked into the store and demanded cash from the two female employees working at that time.

“He took cash from the cash drawers and demanded more money,” Mee said, and the suspect eventually made the two employees wait in a bathroom while he continued to ransack the store, searching for more cash. It is believed he was in the store for five to eight minutes total, Mee said.

The man left while the two women were in the bathroom, and they could not tell police what he was driving or which direction he fled. Police are looking at surveillance tape from the store in attempts to identify the offender, Mee said.

Police canvassed the area looking for suspects and witnesses to the robbery. East Dundee’s last robbery was in May, and that offender was caught immediately, Mee added.

Wednesday’s Elgin State Bank robbery was not at the same site as another Elgin State Bank holdup that occurred Dec. 21; that one took place at the Randall and Bowes roads location. Also, a suspect was arrested in that incident.

The Elgin Courier-News contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.

  • http://inalienablewrights.wordpress.com inalienablewrights

    Brilliant idea – keep the people in fear while at the same time keeping them from effectively protecting themselves.

  • Dave
  • http://inalienablewrights.wordpress.com inalienablewrights

    What a joke!
    “…….. Permits the county sheriff to issue permits to carry concealed firearms to persons at least 21 years of age who meet certain requirements……..”

    SO if the sheriff does not like you, or if you are 18, 19 , or 20. Or if you do not have the money they want to extort out of you for this “permission” from your owners. Or if you don’t meet some other arbitrary requirement or if a situation demands that you need to carry NOW.

    You the slave can just freaking die! Because your owners think they are GOD and that they are the ones that give you the right to self defense.

    • http://inalienablewrights.wordpress.com inalienablewrights

      They are very fortunate that most of the slaves think like you Dave. They would not last a week if the sheeple valued freedom like I do.

    • Just the Average Joe

      It is the law that you must be age 21 in order to own a handgun, which can be concealed. The permitting fees are necessary for background checks and collecting fingerprints, and mental health checks to insure that people carrying concealed weapons are suitable to have them. I don’t think you have a beef, and I don’t want 18 year old kids carrying weapons, or people with criminal backgrounds or mental issues, which you seem to have.

      • http://inalienablewrights.wordpress.com inalienablewrights

        People that believe in freedom, like the founding fathers and myself have mental issues? Keep drinking the cool aide Joe it seems to be working well on you. Take the blue pill and stay in your matrix.

        Everything you mentioned is an outright violation of the concept of an inalienable right. If you know history at all you will see that “mental health” is the trump card for governments to disarm populations. The soviet union used it well and t is being used here in the USA especially on returning veterans that might not like what their government is doing. And of course you swallow the assumption that people called doctors can see into the future and perfectly predict what people are going to do so it is perfectly OK to take away their rights (with no trial or jury) because these people are God like and infallible.

        The truth of the matter is that government is the most dangerous thing that you will ever encounter in your entire life – not a single deranged person. Governments in the 20th century have disarmed and murdered by genocide something like 300 million people. If you disagree I suggest that you read “Death by Government” There is also a movie out by jpfo.org.

        Yes I have a problem with people with criminal backgrounds being prosecuted for carrying weapons. If you do not understand this you fail to understand one of the most central things about being an American that is rights are inalienable.
        Ayn Rand understood back in the 50’s that it was in the governments interest to make us all criminals because they can not control non criminals.

        Joe one of the most dangerous thing bey far in this country. Are not people that the nut doctors proclaim as dangerous, nor people the government labels as criminals but people like you that do not understand history. Do not understand your heritage and your rights. You hold the type of false ideas that if not checked are going to cause this once great republic to cease to exist.

  • Pete

    WOW! I live right across from the bank and was not on lock down nor did we hear about the robbery til this morning. Article is a joke!

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