Man charged with Loop bank robbery, suspected of second

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A South Side man has been charged with one of two bank robberies that took place minutes apart in the Loop last week after a relative spotted a photo of him on a TV news broadcast.

Surveillance photo of the man suspected of robbing two Loop banks within minutes last week. / photo from the FBI

Tracy Lee Wright, 38, of the 3500 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with one count of bank robbery, according to a statement from the FBI.

Wright entered the Chase Bank branch at 10 S. Dearborn St. about 8:40 a.m. June 11 and began writing on a withdrawal slip, according to the FBI. He then moved to a teller window, and after the teller asked for a debit card and ID, handed over a note saying, “I have a gun, give me $1,000.00 and don’t hit the button.”

After receiving the cash, Wright left the bank, according to a federal criminal complaint.

About five minutes later and two blocks away, a man entered the Citibank branch at 11 S. LaSalle St. and told an employee he wanted to make a withdrawal, according to the FBI. He again handed over a note demanding cash and threatening to kill the teller if they did not comply.

He told the bank employe to hurry and claimed to have a gun, according to the statement, then ran off after the teller handed him money.

According to the federal complaint, the robber got away with more than $9,000 in the second robbery.

No one was hurt during the robberies, authorities said.

A relative of Wright’s identified him as the robber of the Chase bank after seeing his photo on a news broadcast, according to the complaint. Later, a bank employee identified Wright as the robber in a photo lineup.

If convicted, Wright faces up to 20 years in prison.

He remains in federal custody pending his next court appearance, scheduled for June 23.

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