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NBC 5 Investigates discovers a lengthy criminal history behind one of the men charged in a Homewood bank robbery that led to a SWAT standoff. Phil Rogers reports.
Two men were charged Thursday in connection to a bank robbery in Homewood Wednesday that led to a lengthy standoff.
Malcolm Carpenter, 32, of Chicago, and Justin Williams, 23, of Calumet Park, were arrested and charged with one count of bank robbery after they allegedly robbed the Bank of America branch at 183rd and Governors Highway around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
According to a criminal complaint, the men entered the bank just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday armed with handguns. One of the robbers took the manager to the bank’s vault and ordered the manager to fill a bag with money, the complaint stated. That same robber allegedly ordered a bank teller to place the contents of the teller’s drawer into the same bag, and the two robbers then fled the scene with more than $80,000 in cash.
NBC 5 has learned that a bank employee was on the phone with another branch during the robbery, and that branch called 911, prompting a massive response from the FBI and local police.
A witness reported to law enforcement that two individuals were seen running toward a nearby apartment building.
Dozens of police officers, a SWAT team and FBI agents surrounded the apartment complex near 183rd Street and Governors Highway searching for the other two.
Authorities arrested Carpenter and Williams shortly after, according to the FBI. A bag containing U.S. currency was recovered along with two semi-automatic handguns.
Both men were ordered held without bond. An investigation into the robbery is ongoing, the FBI said.
At their south side home, Carpenter's family said they were unaware of his arrest until we told them about it on Thursday.
NBC 5 Investigates has learned it was not Carpenter's first brush with the law.
In 2000, he did six months in jail for felony battery to a firefighter, and a year later, he was arrested for the holdup of a Western Avenue branch of TCF Bank.
In that case he drew 12 years in prison.
Carpenter was released from custody two years ago, and his family insists he had been trying to turn his life around.
"Good guy, you know, trying to take care of his responsibility. Just had a newborn baby three months ago," Carpenter's brother, Andre Hughes, said. "This is what happens when times get hard on people, you know? You really can't prevent that.