Chicago, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was joined today by Jody P. Weis, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (CPD); Thomas Dart, Cook County Sheriff; and Bruce Radowicz, Chief of the Burbank, Illinois Police Department, in announcing the arrest of a Chicago man for the December 22, 2009 robbery of the TCF Bank branch, located at 7910 South Cicero in Burbank.
DEOQUISTO D. DENNIS, age 24, of Chicago, was arrested late Monday by members of the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF), without incident, in the 3300 block of West 67th Street. DENNIS was charged in a criminal complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Bank Robbery, which is a felony offense.
According to the complaint, DENNIS entered the TCF Bank branch around 2:00 p.m., approaching a teller and handing her a note which announced a robbery and demanded cash. The note also threatened the teller with harm if his demands were not met. At the time of the robbery, DENNIS was wearing a blue Southwest Airlines sweatshirt and safety vest, commonly worn by ramp workers at the airport. After receiving just over $700, DENNIS fled the bank on foot. No injuries were reported during the robbery.
Subsequent investigation by the VCTF led to the identification of DENNIS as the robber and the filing of the complaint announced today. The investigation was also aided by a tip received from a member of the public, who had viewed surveillance photos from the robbery on the Bandit Tracker Chicago website.
Though not charged, DENNIS is also a suspect in the December 17, 2009 robbery of a TCF Bank branch, located at 8801 South Ridgeland Avenue in Oak Lawn, and the December 16th attempted robbery of a Chase Bank branch, located at 4730 West 79th Street in Chicago.
DENNIS appeared before Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown, late yesterday, at which time he was formally charged. DENNIS was released on a secured bond and is under home confinement, pending his next scheduled court appearance. If convicted of the charge filed against him, DENNIS faces a possible sentence of up to twenty (20) years incarceration.
This case was investigated by the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) which is comprised of FBI Special Agents, Detectives from the Chicago Police Department and Investigators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police.
Additional information about this and other recent Chicago area bank robberies, including downloadable photographs, is available at the Bandit Tracker website, www.bandittrackerchicago.com.
The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.