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Updated: April 21, 2013 6:41AM



GARY

Bank robbery
suspect has priors

The bank robbery suspect arrested Monday afternoon is in federal custody after investigators learned of his prior conviction for the same offense.

Kevin Wilkerson, 38, was arrested about 4:15 p.m. near 26th Avenue and Pierce Street by Patrolman Jeremy Joseph, who located the suspect after obtaining a description of the man who presented a note to a People’s Bank teller minutes earlier. Witnesses told police the suspect was wearing a black “bubble” coat, black shorts and white socks. He did not display a gun, and left walking east from the bank, located near 25th Avenue and Grant Street.

The U.S. Marshal Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force took custody of Wilkerson at the Public Safety Facility on Tuesday morning. He attended his initial hearing before U.S. District Court magistrate Paul Cherry later Tuesday.

On Sept. 26, 2007, Wilkerson robbed Chase Bank at 504 Broadway by showing the teller a note that contained a drawing of a gun. He surrendered to police after seeing a photograph of himself in local newspapers.

He was sentenced to 58 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release. He was wanted on federal warrant for violating the terms of that release, court records show.



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