Cops arrest man minutes after Old Town bank robbery

Chicago police officers arrested a suspect minutes after the man is believed to have held up an Old Town bank this afternoon.

The man is being questioned in the robbery of the Fifth Third Bank branch, 145 W. North Avenue, about 2:15 p.m. today, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien. The robber implied he had a gun and fled with cash from the bank.

The suspect was cornered by three Near North District tactical officers, including one who was among officers who arrested a suspect in a March bank robbery a mile south of today's heist.

Near North District Officer John McCarthy and his partner, Officer Lucas Wise, were patrolling in the area when they heard a description of the suspect broadcast on police radio, McCarthy said. Soon after, the officers spotted a man matching the robber’s description, wearing dark pants and a gray shirt, about three blocks from the bank in the 200 block of West Schiller Street, McCarthy said.

By the time McCarthy and Wise jumped out of their car, a third officer, Jim McGuire, also part of the Near North tactical team, had arrived and worked to arrest the man, McCarthy said. The man gave the officers no trouble, McCarthy said.

“He just complied,” when the officers told him he was being arrested.

Officers found cash, possibly from the robbery, on the man, and when the officers brought the man back to the bank he was identified as the robber, McCarthy said.

With a heavy police presence on Chicago streets this week because of the upcoming NATO Summit, the robber picked “a bad time” to rob a bank, McCarthy said.

“It was just poor planning on his part,” said McCarthy.

McCarthy was one of three officers who arrested Leroy Delphie, 42, in the robbery of a North Community Bank branch, 800 N. State St., on March 2, just five days after Delphie was released on parole from Shawnee Correctional Center.

McCarthy, Officer Luis Novalez and Officer Anthony Odeshoo arrested Delphie after Novalez spotted Delphie with red dye on his pants, apparently from a dye pack that had been hidden in a stack of money from the North Community Bank robbery.

Charges are not expected against the man arrested today until Tuesday, FBI spokesman Ross Rice said.

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