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The Chase Bank at 901 Grove St. was robbed around 3:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.

Bank surveillance photos show the suspect. Photo supplied by Evanston Police Department.
Bank surveillance photos show the suspect. Photo supplied by Evanston Police Department.
Updated story, 6:20 p.m.

Evanston police are investigating a bank robbery that took place around 3:30 p.m. Friday, when a man walked into the Chase Bank branch downtown and displayed a note that implied he had a gun.

The man entered the bank at 901 Grove St. alone and presented his note to a teller, according to Evanston Police Cmdr. Jason Parrott. The note also demanded money, and the man obtained approximately $2,600 in cash, Parrott said. No one was injured in the incident.

Police described the suspect as a white or possibly Hispanic man between the ages of 35 to 45, who was 5'8" tall and of heavy build. He was reported to be wearing a black baseball cap, sunglasses, blue button down shirt, black pants and a dark colored backpack with a green zipper.

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Parrott said that after he left the bank, the man could be seen on bank surveillance cameras walking eastbound on Grove Street and continuing across Sherman Avenue.

As of 6:20 p.m. Friday, police were still searching for the offender, according to Parrott. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the police department at 847-866-5000 or to text police at CRIMES (274637) with "EPD TIP" in the message line. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation also responded to investigate the incident earlier today. Tipsters can also contact the FBI's Chicago field division at 312-421-6700.

Original story, 4:20 p.m.:

Evanston police are searching for a suspect in a bank robbery that took place at a Chase Bank branch downtown this afternoon.

No one was injured in the incident, according to city manager Wally Bobkiewicz.

Bobkiewicz said police shut down the Metra and CTA lines in the area as they searched for the suspect who robbed the bank at 901 Grove St. around 3:15 p.m. 

Two outbound Metra trains on the Union Pacific North line were stopped for at least 15 minutes at the Davis Street station since about 3:45 p.m., according to Metra's Twitter feed.

Purple Line trains were beginning to go back into service, although there were still major delays around 4:15 p.m., according to the CTA website.
jim September 10, 2013 at 10:03 PM
D. Sanchez September 10, 2013 at 11:03 PM
@jim No. If my reference escaped you, let me be clearer - GI Joe, like the dolls and the cartoons.
Dan September 11, 2013 at 05:12 AM
It is screwed up, local resident. We have deviated in a ridiculous manner from the topic at hand. Evanston is a very very good place and an important contributor to how a community should function. These posts are toipics for blogs.
Sari November 15, 2013 at 11:02 PM
It's very lame that this happened ONE half block from the police station. What ever happened to foot patrols?


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