CHICAGO —(ENEWSPF)–March 31, 2016. Two men have been indicted in connection with the armed robberies of individuals at automated-teller machines in the west and northwest suburbs of Chicago, federal authorities announced today.
The indictment alleges that KENNETH HAYES and ANTONIO DUNNER forced victims to withdraw money from drive-thru ATMs. Wearing disguises to cover their faces, the pair verbally threatened the individuals while Hayes brandished a firearm, the indictment states. Hayes and Dunner divided the proceeds between themselves, according to the indictment.
The indictment was returned yesterday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. It charges Hayes, 21, of Carpentersville, and Dunner, 22, of Elgin, with one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence, five counts of interfering with commerce by threats or violence, and two counts of carrying, using or brandishing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.
An arraignment date in federal court has not yet been scheduled.
The indictment alleges that the pair robbed or attempted to rob individuals at drive-thru ATMs in Glen Ellyn on Sept. 16, 2015; Park Ridge on Sept. 23, 2015; Arlington Heights on Oct. 19, 2015; and Northbrook on Sept. 23, 2015, and Oct. 8, 2015.
The pair is also accused in the indictment of robbing a gas station in Elmhurst on Nov. 1, 2015, with Hayes brandishing a firearm during the heist.
According to the indictment, Hayes and Dunner scouted drive-thru ATMs for potential robberies. Once the pair settled on a location, they traveled to the site together in Hayes’ vehicle and concealed themselves while watching for individuals using the ATMs. In addition to cash, Hayes and Dunner often stole the victims’ cellular telephones and disposed of them to prevent the victims from being able to quickly contact law enforcement, according to the indictment.
The indictment was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Police Departments from Arlington Heights, Carpentersville, Elgin, Northbrook, Glen Ellyn, Park Ridge and Elmhurst provided substantial assistance in the investigation.
The conspiracy charge and each count of interfering with commerce by threats or violence carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. Carrying, using or brandishing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years for the first count, and a mandatory minimum of 25 years for the second count.
The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jordan Palmore.