Texas man charged with trying to rob Loop bank

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Surveillance photo of the man who tried to rob a Loop bank Monday. | FBI

A Texas man has been charged with trying to rob a bank Monday morning in the Loop.

Timothy Thomas, 38, of Dallas, faces one federal count of attempted bank robbery, according to the FBI.

A man entered the Bank of America branch at 203 N. LaSalle St. at 9:20 a.m. and asked an employee if he could sit down, according to a federal criminal complaint.

The employee and the man sat down at a desk and he showed the employee a cellphone screen with a demand note that said, “I need cash put the money in a envelope no dye no the money or tracking and don’t call the police this is a robbery,” according to the complaint.

The employee walked to the back office of the bank, activated the alarm and alerted the bank’s security officer, who called 911, according to the complaint.

Chicago Police responded to the bank and arrested Thomas, who was still sitting at the desk, according to the complaint.

During an interview with the FBI, Thomas identified himself in the bank’s surveillance video, according to the complaint. He admitted to the robbery and the demand note was found on his phone.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Mason ordered Thomas held without bond Tuesday. He is next scheduled to appear in court Nov. 10.

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