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Man believed to be hammer-wielding bank robber arrested

Surveillance phoshows man who robbed TCF Bank branch Park Ridge Monday.  |  FBI photo

Surveillance photo shows a man who robbed the TCF Bank branch in Park Ridge on Monday. | FBI photo

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A Morton Grove man believed to be the hammer-wielding robber who struck a northwest suburban bank this week has been charged, according to the FBI.

Anthony Nugent, 38, of the 8900 block of Mango Street, was charged in a criminal complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court with one count of bank robbery, a statement from the FBI said.

He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys and he remains in federal custody pending his next court appearance, which is set for 2 p.m. Monday.

According to the complaint, the robber entered the TCF branch at 1 West Devon Avenue in Park Ridge just after 9:15 a.m. Monday holding a hammer over his head and demanded money from a teller.

The complaint states the robber was given money and a dye pack by the teller, and then drove away in a late-model black Ford Mustang.

The robber was later identified as Nugent by a woman who met briefly with him the same day as the robbery, as well as another person who was with Nugent the next day. Both said Nugent was in possession of dye-stained money, the statement said.

He was arrested without incident at his home Wednesday. Nugent faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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