Man charged with robbing Elmhurst bank

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Surveillance photos of the suspect who robbed an Elmhurst bank Saturday afternoon. | FBI

A man has been charged with robbing a bank Saturday afternoon in west suburban Elmhurst.

Jamonte Levi, 21, of Bellwood faces one federal count of bank robbery, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court.

About 12:10 p.m. Saturday, Levi approached a teller at the Bank of America branch at 205 N. Addison St. in Elmhurst, according to the complaint. He was wearing a gray hooded jacket, black and silver cap, a black cloth covering the lower portion of his face, thick black gloves and black pants.

He placed a note on the counter and said, “Give me $100,000, no dye packs, I will shoot,” according to the complaint.

The teller took $2,646 out of the drawer and put it in a white envelope along with a GPS tracking device, according to the complaint. Levi took the cash and left the bank.

Another teller noticed Levi wearing clothing inappropriate for the weather, realized the bank was being robbed, activated the alarm system and called 911, according to the complaint.

About five or six blocks from the bank, Elmhurst police officers approached Levi because he matched the description of the robber, according to the complaint. He said he “did not do anything” and ran away.

The officers chased but lost sight of him, according to the complaint. He was found a few minutes later hiding in a backyard and was taken into custody.

The GPS tracking device was found about a block away, and had been burned, which caused it to re-activate, according to the complaint.

The bank teller identified Levi as the robber, according to the complaint.

He had his initial appearance Monday morning in federal court, and was released on bond pending his next court date.

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