Bank Robber Shot By Police Suspected in Tobacco Shop Murders, Police Say

Police searched the home of the suspected bank robber and discovered multiple pieces of evidence linking him to the murders of Mobeen and Azim Hakeem at Evanston Pipe & Tobacco.

Evanston police have identified the bank robber shot and killed by police on Monday as a primary suspect in the double murder of the Hakeem brothers at their Evanston tobacco shop this summer, according to a press release.

Police say they have discovered evidence that links Kevin Ross, 29, an Evanston resident, with the shooting deaths of the two brothers at Evanston Pipe & Tobacco on July 30. Police found Mobeen, 34, and Azim, 38, dead from multiple gunshot wounds in the basement of the store, 923 Davis St. The two grew up in Evanston and took over running their father's store about 10 years ago, family members say.

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Police shot and killed Ross in downtown Evanston Monday afternoon, after he refused to drop his weapon. FBI agents believe he robbed five banks around the Chicago area, including the Chase Bank at 901 Grove St. this past Monday and in September.

After Ross's death on Monday, detectives searched his south Evanston home and discovered a storage locker containing the identification of Mobeen Hakeem and a social security card belonging to Azim Hakeem, according to the release. They also found a .22 caliber shell casing that appears to match the shell casings found at the crime scene. The Illinois State Police Crime Lab will do further comparison of the shell casings, according to the release.

Police also found a receipt from May 2013 for a purchase of a cigar from the pipe and tobacco shop on Davis Street, indicating Ross had been to the shop before the brothers were killed. 

Finally, police discovered that Ross purchased a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol at a Chicago area gun shop in June 2013, according to the release. It's the same weapon that was used to commit the murders. Police are now trying to locate the weapon, which may have been resold to other gun shops.

Police say Ross had no previous arrests in the Illinois area, and possessed a valid FOID card allowing him to purchase firearms and ammunition. He lived briefly in Florida, however, and police and FBI agents are trying to determine whether he may have been involved in other criminal activity outside of the state. 

Evanston police are also examining Kevin Ross' computer in search of more information and a possible motive for the murders, the release said. 

Dan December 20, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Tantor December 20, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Seems the murder of the two hard working unarmed Pakistani immigrants in their shop in Evanston may be finally solved by chance, but we should all take it as good news anyway. Justice may now have been done in an unexpected way. I hope Ms. Fisher follows up on the development of this case so we can get closure on the murder. As to the way EPD handled the armed bank robber, they could not have done it better. Bravo.
Dan December 20, 2013 at 09:26 PM
We need info on the gun.
Evanstonia December 20, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Word up, Shirley. Interesting isn't it, how Zoot Suit goes on about hoodrats and thugs and baby mamas but when it's a white guy who turned out to be the perp, he almost sounds admiring like the dude's a modern Babyface Nelson.
Karen December 21, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Shirley, on behalf of the vast majority of this city--thank you!
Karen December 21, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Yes, Zoot, despite all your rantings that we all need to have concealed carry to protect us from all the hood rats and crime, it turns out that the most dangerous criminal and menace to our community is a white, FOID card carrying gun owner. Did he take one of your classes? If this man did not have a gun three people would be alive today.
YELLOW December 21, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Right another George Zimmerman type? Reminds me of another two wanna bees on here. Any gusses?
Dan December 21, 2013 at 05:41 AM
Karen and Yellow: I would jest and imply I would like to dress up like the late Esther Rolle and get between you and Zoot but I may just evolve if I ever do. Can't we all just get along? I think many of us hold prejudices until we see a beautiful person or highly productive and I sense Zoot will come around.George Zimmerman is or was a wannabe cop with a macho bent and Trayvon Martin a punk kid that should have exercised common sense and called police on that intellectually dull George. A real tragedy. Keep in mind there are plenty of scum walking the streets of Evanston pre Oedipal or dull wanting to plant their flag on property they do not own or people's heads. The jury in my mind is still out on who killed the Hakeem brothers. I thought cops initially recovered a gun. Citizens in Evanston need to be vigilant and cops need more plain clothes walking around....maybe more cameras. What ever it takes........to put a Mit Romney smile on your faces...
Jordan S. Zoot December 21, 2013 at 07:24 AM
The perpetrator of a series of crimes is dead. The police will certainly fill us in on his activities. I certainly do condemn everything he has done. Ir does nothing to change the stated views with regard to the right to bear firearms or the issues that we see in the community. Its too bad that some choose to phrase it the way they do.
Tea December 21, 2013 at 07:59 AM
BRAVO Shirley!!! Ain't it the truth?! Couldn't have said it better.
Dileep Gangolli December 21, 2013 at 08:19 AM
Well it sounds to me like this villain wanted to be caught and then do a Death by Cop suicide. Most likely the guilt of his previous crime was too much to bear. Why else would someone rob a bank a block away from the Police Headquarters on a Monday and then refuse to drop his .22 caliber pistol when surrounded by officers armed with Glocks etc.? The first thing I had thought of when I heard the news on TUE was wow....that is a lot of death in one small area of Evanston during the past year. Now I understand why. Very sorry for our fair city and the family that ran their small business.
ED December 21, 2013 at 09:18 AM
This guy lived right near both the murders and the bank robberies.It goes to show you that criminals work their own neighborhoods closest to home. This guy was obviously crazy out of control but he was either very gutsy or just plain nuts to commit all these crimes so close to the police station. So glad the officers took him down to end this spree who knows what other BIZ`S he would have terrorized in town.
Tad Gage December 21, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Well, this string provides an excellent example of the off-topic nature of comment sections, and why I don't usually read them. At least nobody has mentioned President Obama yet.
Evanston Resident 30+ December 21, 2013 at 03:52 PM
President Obama has nothing to do with a FOID card carrier in our community committing bank robberies and murders! Crime is awful no matter who commits it. I'm grateful innocent people were not injured or killed in the events that transpired downtown Evanston last week. I hope the Hakeem family has some closure although I can't imagine the pain they've gone through. Not only did they lose two family members they also lost their business that has been in the community for over 20 years. What people fail to realize is that there are good and bad people in every race, religion, sexual orientation ect... What happens in the comment section is that people are bashed and generalized based on the actions of a small number of people involved in criminal activity. Everyone ( person of color) that lives in the 5th ward IS NOT an indigent, nonproductive, member of society.
Dan December 21, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Listen Mr. Ted Gage no one is perfect and sometimes we vere off course but we have a great editor and this is a superb town. In my book, everybody gets a hug-ee. This is the Socratic method this site's conversation rules the day. That is why I want the gun traced to the bullets traced to this Ross fellow and then we have closure. Unfortunately there are nuts that will test the fringes and having to restrain them is hell. You just do not know if you will be maimed or die. Why I am still alive I do not know because crooked cops in Chicago and Federal agents sure have contributed to my angst and my brother was murdered by two scum bags whom the states Attorney does not wish to address as well as the U.S. attorney. You need to join are threads and feel the Dr. Leo Bucaglia like.....luuuuuv!
Tantor December 21, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Store owner, Arturo Taveras, 69, was working at McCann's Liquors when a masked man entered, pulled a gun on him and demanded money. Taveras did not hesitate to draw his own firearm from his right hip and point it back at the would-be robber. When he saw Taveras' gun, the attempted robber fled the premises. It was last reported that police were reviewing surveillance video and searching for the attempted robber. (The Eagle-Tribune, Lawrence, MA, 6/4/13).
SmartIsis December 21, 2013 at 07:27 PM
@ Shirley, has it ever occurred to you this Zoot fellow ( notice the omission of man or gentleman ) is an actual EPD officer himself, which is how he always seems to be "informed" with "insider" information regarding the criminal histories of the AfAm offenders he consistently tear down in his postings ? Take the time and look up his very public Facebook and read a few of his unusually sick and cruel opinions as to his personal views regarding the treatment of people who commit crimes. I'm not saying he isn't racist, I'm just suggesting that racism and mental illness are associated.
Abigail Dash December 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Smartlsis that Jordan Zoot is not a police officer for Evanston I'm not sure if you realize but the city of Evanston as well as most other cities including Chicago for transparency list online all city employees (including police) and their salaries. He is not on there I even believe in previous posts he's said he's an attorney or cpa or something like that. So to me he's nothing more than just a wanna be.
Jordan S. Zoot December 22, 2013 at 12:17 AM
I am not associated with EPD nor am I an attorney. I am a CPA and an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor. There has never been anything otherwise mentioned. Its striking how many people seem to be more interested in making comments about commenters than the subject matter at hand.
Dan December 22, 2013 at 06:30 AM
Dan December 22, 2013 at 06:32 AM
Hang tough Zoot. You are highly intelligent. Let me teach you love...Shaka (Zooloo).
jim December 22, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Karen December 22, 2013 at 10:29 PM
He's not EPD. I would highly doubt any responsible police officer would advocate for all members of the general (ok, no felons--yeah sure) public carry guns on their person. They know this only leads to senseless murders, crime such as bank robberies, guns getting into the wrong hands, accidents and horrible things like school shootings (shudder.)
Karen December 22, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Zoot, you are surprised that people are off topic/commenting on you??? We have suffered through your constant off topic barrages of inflammatory/racial innuendo laden comments day after day after day following each and every major or minor crime in this town (baby mommas ring a bell?) Plus, your theory and outlook of crime is proven wrong...that the only way horrible Evanston can control it's violence (committed by African Americans, of course as you say) is if FOID carrying citizens are at the ready with their guns. Well, viola, white card carrying FOID man responsible for double murder and bank robberies. As Shirley said, it's the inconsistency with your lack of typical response after this heinous crime as well as the fact that the picture you have been disturbingly painted about our town has turned out to be false. Can you not see how ironic it is? And that you who dishes it out is shocked when it all comes back to you? We are all so weary from the trash talking of our town and people.
Jordan S. Zoot December 22, 2013 at 11:54 PM
I have responded as appropriate...and will let it stand at that. Mr. Ross is an anomoly and detestible in his actions, nothing takes away from his conduct. However, it does nothing to invalidate the balance of my concerns which have been misconstrued at a level that doesn't warrant further discussion here. It certainly doesn't change my view that law abiding citizens, regardless of race have a right to defend themselves.
Tea December 23, 2013 at 09:28 AM
I love when irony bites an idiot in the arse! Hey Zoot--where's your idiot sidekick moron Festus? Why is he hiding and not defending his pal?
Evanston Resident 30+ December 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Not an anomaly! A thug, a "suburban" rat, a menace, whose crimes never entered the court of law.
Evanston Resident 30+ December 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM
Funny how when a black person commits a crime he's a thug! When an Arab commits a crime he's a terrorist! When a white person commits a crime he is mentally ill/ unstable. Biases cloud perception.
Jordan S. Zoot December 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM
A person that commits a crime is a criminal. Thug is a term that has certain been used locally and its more of a cultural term for an group of behaviors than the criminal activity. There seems to be some confusion that ought be cleared up...I hope there isn't anyone out there that wouldn't condemn Kevin Ross's conduct in the strongest terms...he appears to have been a homicidal maniac that came from off of of the radar and engaged in conduct which ought be viewed as reprehensible in anyone's view. His conduct has attracted proper notice. That doesn't do anything to change the pattern of behavior that has continued in the community..which clearly belongs to a subset, not an entire community. Having said that, there is certainly more that the community could be doing to address the situation...and yes there still is a pattern present. If Kevin Ross is guilty of the tobacco store murders, they literally could be the first murders in Cook County in two years that were committed by someone with a FOID card....let's not rush to overstate that one example refutes an entire body of evidence. It merely proves that no group is exempt from the ability to provide the source of a rotten apple. One individual doesn't provide enough evidence to discount all of the other activity. Too bad a portion of the energy that is getting spent seeking to pillory a view point that some don't like, rather than offering anything constructive that would actually benefit the community like....a Westside EPD Outpost, expanding the Safe Zone around ETHS, the cameras proposed for Dodge and Church, seeing the local community actually take a step to engage with EPD and the authorities and do something about reporting illegal activity on a local basis. Its clear that no group has a monopoly on thugs or well intentioned cooperative community residents. I don't think anyone is going to change their views based upon an exchange in comments here but, we do know where we stand. Finally, a special note for Karen to suggest that I would welcome someone like Kevin Ross to a concealed carry class is so far beyond ludacris that it warrants special mention.
Tantor December 23, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Robert Moore was ringing-up a customer around 10 p.m. at the Morning Star Mini Mart, located in the 8800 block of 9th Ave SW, Seattle, when two men entered the store wearing ski masks. One of the men stayed near the entrance of the store while the other attempted robber approached the counter and pointed a gun at Moore. "This is a robbery," Moore said the man told him. "I looked at his gun and said 'I have a bigger one than you do,' " he said.Moore then turned to reach for his own gun and that's when the attempted robbers took off in a white SUV with dark markings toward the rear of the driver's side and a sun roof. Seattle Police searched the area but couldn't locate any suspects. "It's a good place and Robert's so great to the locals and stuff like that," said customer Rich Morris. "It's just a shame when people get desperate like that." Seattle November 14, 2013


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