Evanston Police shoot, kill suspected bank robber
By SAM CHARLES Staff Reporter December 16, 2013 4:40PM
Updated: January 18, 2014 6:23AM
Police fatally shot a man suspected in a bank robbery Monday afternoon in downtown Evanston.
The man held up a Chase Bank branch in the 900 block of Grove Street about 3 p.m., according to Evanston Police.
A teller provided a description of the man, and when police confronted him outside Bennison’s bakery at the corner of Maple Street and Davis Avenue, he showed a gun and police opened fire.
“He was given every opportunity” to surrender, Evanston Police spokesman Jay Parrott said.
The man was taken to Evanston Hospital, where he died.
It was not clear how many times the man was shot.
Police were withholding the man’s identity until they make final confirmation and contact his family, Parrott said.
Police recovered a 9mm handgun from the man, along with the proceeds taken from the bank during the robbery.
The shooting took place during a slow afternoon stretch at nearby Gigio’s Pizza, also on Davis, so employee Victor Ortiz had time to watch it unfold across Davis from the restaurant’s front window, just outside Bennison’s Bakery.
After seeing a couple of police cars drive by, Ortiz said, “I saw a gentleman walking northbound on Maple when about 10 police officers swarmed the area.
“They’re telling him to drop the bag, to drop it, and the next thing I know they opened fire, I’m guessing nine or 10 shots fired. It sounded like fireworks,” Ortiz said. “The guy just dropped.”
Angelina Mueller was working her shift as supervisor at Bennison’s when she heard yelling and looked out the bakery window.
“Suddenly there were cops coming from every angle,” she said. “They were like, ‘Put that away, put it down,’ and then they started shooting.”
She and others inside the bakery couldn’t initially see the man who had been cornered against the east wall of the store, but Mueller said she later saw him lying on the ground.
“They had what looked like a ventilator mask on him,” Mueller said.
Kristin Lee also was in the bakery when police arrived.
“I had just gotten inside the bakery and was standing next to the window. A fleet of cars pulled up and officers had guns drawn, yelling at the man,” Lee said.
Lee said there were about 10 people in the bakery at the time of the shooting and everyone inside was asked to stay there while police remained on the scene.
The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit and the Evanston Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards will handle the officer-involved shooting investigation.
The FBI could not be reached for comment on the bank robbery.
Contributing: LeeAnn Shelton; Kathy Routliffe