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Suspect Shot in Evanston Linked to Five Bank Robberies

Suspected bank robber Kevin Ross, 29, was shot and killed by police on Monday. Authorities believe he robbed five banks around the Chicago area, including two robberies at the same Chase Bank in Evanston.

Surveillance photo of Kevin Ross. From FBI Bandittracker Chicago website.
Surveillance photo of Kevin Ross. From FBI Bandittracker Chicago website.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has linked a suspected bank robber shot and killed by Evanston police to multiple other bank robberies in the area, according to a spokesperson for the agency.

FBI agents believe that Kevin Ross, 29, of Evanston, was involved in four other bank robberies before he robbed the Chase Bank at 901 Grove St. in Evanston on Monday afternoon, according to special agent Joan Hyde. The list includes the robbery of the same Chase Bank in Evanston on Sept. 6.

“As it stands right now, we suspect he is responsible for five,” Hyde said.

In addition to the two robberies at the Chase Bank, FBI agents believe that Ross also robbed a TCF Bank at 5343 N. Broadway in Chicago on Oct. 2, and again on Dec. 5. They believe he robbed a TCF Bank at 4355 N. Sheridan in Chicago last Thursday, Dec. 12. 

Surveillance photographs, witness descriptions and the similar method in which Ross allegedly carried out the robberies helped agents link him to all five, according to Hyde.

She said the agency will continue to investigate whether Ross may be linked to other unsolved bank robberies in the area.

After Monday’s bank robbery, police recovered $3,000 and a loaded nine-millimeter handgun from Ross’s body, according to police. 

Dan December 20, 2013 at 04:07 AM
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Dan December 20, 2013 at 04:27 AM
This reinforces the stance gun advocates assume at this site. You see, there are clever people that assume roles in law enforcement and those closely linked that commit a plathora of crimes and will resort to bully tactics and rationalize to the point of schizophrenia because they will use kind hearted people as much as they can. They are the kind of people stranded in a desert , miraculously receive a ride, and at the end of the ride pull out a gun and kill the party that saved their life. They laugh and then say thanks. These people feel they have a lien on life. To corrupt law enforcement which thus far has precluded Evanston, people know your game and nazi tactics and you do have rule.....over my toilet. Now this serial primitive crook, imagine the nerve.....points a gun in some persons face that has to stand all day, probably barely able to pay the bills, and casually walks the streets as if he was the victor and the spoils go to him and now Evanston is to be known as a congregation of push overs so this disturbed man can illegally compensate himself and others may follow. Did he do it because he was desperate? No, he had a roof over his head and other essentials- no, he just wants to let others know this is the place, Evanston, to do as criminals please. Well folks, when a rapist, extorting, Pandora's box of criminal cops and criminals in general feel compelled to commit heinous crimes it is hard to sympathize with their demise. He refused to drop his gun when ordered, the bank robber, and could have gotten shots off in any direction. He is at piece now and his victims.....I'm not so sure. In some parts of America this man would have sustained perhaps fifty bullet wounds. At least he will be presentable if the casket is open....
Jordan S. Zoot December 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Dan...I got lost trying to follow your comment. Suffice it to say that it seems that EPD followed procedure and had an unavoidable shooting. The robber was on a tear and five bank robberies would have locked him up for life anyway. So ends this story we can hope.
Dan December 20, 2013 at 12:13 PM
I am simply saying criminals in their actions are often times intertwined. I do not wish ill on people and life is quite harsh. However, the LEVEL at which some people operate is heinous and is well stated in my previous post. I hope this serves as a warning that criminals that seek to ruin lives will be restrained. ...even if they are employed in law enforcement.
Dan December 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM
EPD did what they had to do and that is rear coming from me considering law enforcement in cook County precluding Downers Grove and Evanston have perpetrated Nazi crimes against myself, deceased family and tax payors of Illinois.
Jordan S. Zoot December 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM
What the HELL are you talking about "NAZI CRIMES".....lets not make something simple complicated by issues that don't have anything to do with the topic at hand.
Dan December 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM
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Dan December 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Fair enough. I just want to get my licks in.
Dan December 20, 2013 at 01:24 PM
I will not belabor this topic. The Evanston police knew there were witnesses and potential witnesses, the subject was repeatedly told to relinquish his weapon, a gun, in a manner prescribed by EPD, he refused. If it were plainly a knife, a stick, a hammer this would greatly complicate matters. The police I READ filmed the event, the suspect refused to obey instructions in an attempt by the EPD to instruct the subject, based on their training for the suspect to follow orders in sequence to diffuse or neutralize him as a threat without having to resort to firing on the suspect/subject , the threat was neutralized with the use of deadly force based on law, and that which described, one can not utilize a fire arm in a manner which is reckless and a clear threat to life and operate within prescribed law. Indicating that one may opt to choose to fire in a reckless manner by holding a gun in ones hand when repeatedly ordered by uniformed officers to follow their instruction to relinquish the threat is grounds for officers to act REASONABLY to serve and protect the public and their own persons. Legal research reinforces these points.
ereality December 20, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Dan: i am trying to make sense of your postings and your point...but after re-reading them repeatedly...I have given up.
Mildred December 20, 2013 at 02:37 PM
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shirley December 20, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Really Zoot that’s all you got,”a one man crime wave”? Every time a young black man is involved in a crime in Evanston whether he is the suspect or victim, you follow with a barrage of insults, innuendos and outright offensive remarks. You question on how many baby mommas he may have, whether he or his family is receiving Section 8 or any other government subsidy, did he come from a single-parent home and you make it a point to lookup and post his criminal history then you go on to indict the entire African American community based his actions. You refer to these young black men as hood rats, thugs, scum, just to name a few. Yet Kevin Ross, a young white man, who pulled a gun on Evanston police in the downtown section of Evanston during the holiday season with several innocent bystanders and shoppers in the area, who is suspected of robbing several banks and now suspected of being involved in the murder of two gentle local businessmen and all you got to say is “a one man crime wave”? Who do you think is a bigger threat to our community the families emulating the Hatfields and McCoys, the groups taking their trash talking on Facebook to the streets or this brazen white man willing to go up against armed law enforcement. And your ranting about thugs with their illegal guns. Do you really think the family and friends of a murder victim feel better knowing the person that murdered their loved one did so with a legal gun? And please shut up about the west side of Evanston, you no nothing about the people that live in that part of town. There are thousands of folks and most of them do not know the people police suspect are involved in recent acts of violence just like I don’t know Kevin Ross though I hail from south Evanston as he did. Most people on the west side of Evanston get their information from the media just like you. They don’t have intimate knowledge or are not on a first name basis with people that engage in criminal activities, just like you I presume. Jordan Zoot if you are not an ignorant racist idiot, you sure sound like one. And thank God that in this community, you are the minority. Yes, I am posting this comment under both of today’s articles on Kevin Ross because others, like Zoot, regularly make disparaging remarks about young black men but had little or nothing to say about Mr. Ross, I’m not saying the comments are or are not deserving, I’m just pointing out the lack of consistency.
Dan December 20, 2013 at 08:10 PM
E reality and y: if you are perplexed as to my posts you are lacking in education. And Y my blogs are spot on regarding my brothers murder and abuses I sustained at the hands of corrupt law enforcement in Chicago that think they are smart yet are a bunch of sick bafoons. I take offense to your comments and I have proven the police were correct in their actions regarding the shooting incident of a bank robber. In my case I choose to maintain my privacy at this site, and assure you all I have through my blogs substantiated the Chicago police are a ridiculously corrupt entity. Former superintendent of CPD Richard Brezik commented less than a few years ago that mayor Daley destroyed the Chicago police. And the accumulation of incidents count for nothing? The case of Joseph Frugoli alone is enough.
Jordan S. Zoot December 20, 2013 at 08:18 PM
shirley ...lol
Dan December 20, 2013 at 08:33 PM
For God's sake man leave Shirley alone. She got her licks in. Now we all have to make nice.
SmartIsis December 21, 2013 at 07:42 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.

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