Suspected in Hammond, Munster bank holdups, ‘Ray Bandit’ arrested near Chicago
Associated Press January 22, 2013 11:20AM
Bank security photo shows a man believed to be "Ray Bandit" suspect Jeremy Evans, 30, of Carol Stream, Ill., on Aug. 23, 2012, at the Janesville, Wis., First National Bank and Trust. | Photo provided
Updated: February 24, 2013 6:21AM
The FBI says a man dubbed the “Ray Bandit” for the distinctive sunglasses he allegedly wore during 17 bank robberies in seven states is in custody in Chicago.
Jeremy Evans, 30, of Carol Stream, Ill., is a supsect in two Northwest Indiana cases — the attempted robbery Aug. 8, 2012, at the TCF Bank in Munster and the robbery the same day at the Fifth Third Bank in Hammond.
Authorities say Evans was arrested last week in a car matching the description of one used during a holdup moments earlier of a bank in Elgin, Ill.
The FBI says Evans is believed to have absconded with more than $75,000 from 17 banks since last summer in Illinois, California, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Virginia.
That robber has been nicknamed the “Ray Bandit” because he wore Ray-Ban sunglasses during the holdups.
Evans is charged with one count of bank robbery and is jailed without bond.
His attorney, Donna Hickstein-Foley, hasn’t returned a message seeking comment Tuesday.