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Man charged with attempted bank robbery in Rogers Park

A Chicago man has been charged with attempting to rob a bank Thursday morning in Rogers Park.

Sherman Hall, 44, faces one federal count of attempted bank robbery for trying to rob the Bank of America branch at 7516 N. Clark, according to a complaint filed Friday in federal court.

Bank employees identified Hall as the man who entered the bank just after 9 a.m. Thursday saying he wanted to cash a check, according to the complaint.

He brushed off a banker who tried to direct him to an ATM before handing a teller a note that said, “I have a gun on me right now give me the money $2,000 don’t make it a hostage situation,” according to the complaint.

The teller went into the vault room and activated the alarm, according to the complaint. Another employee near the vault room called 911 on his cellphone while he, the teller and the bank manager watched the would-be robber begin to leave the bank on the security cameras.

Police arrived shortly after the alarm went off and, using a description of the robber provided by the employee who made the call, identified Hall as he was leaving the bank, according to the complaint.

Hall began to run west away from the bank, but was taken into custody near 1845 W. Birchwood at 9:14 a.m. Thursday, according to the complaint. Prosecutors say Hall later admitted to the robbery in an interview with police.