Would-Be Bank Robber Shot in Homewood

One person, possible the get-away driver, remains at-large, the FBI says

Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010  |  Updated 3:38 PM CDT
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A would-be bank robber with nine previous convictions, four of them on weapons charges, was shot and wounded Tuesday during an exchange of gunfire with police in south suburban Homewood.

Tiffany Jones, 23, of Robbins, is currently in police custody while recovering at Advocate South Suburban Hospital, authorities said.

A man, 36-year-old Justice McCallister, also of Robbins, is also in custody.  He has 12 previous convictions, including nine of them on weapons charges, authorities said.

A third person, believed to be the get-away driver, remains at-large.

The robbery took place just before 11:30 a.m., at the U.S. Bank branch at 18300 S. Kedzie Ave.   Two people wearing stocking masks and armed with weapons entered the bank and attempted a takeover-style robbery, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

A passerby noticed the robbery in progress and called 911.  Local police responded and exchanged gunfire with the would-be robbers, the FBI said.

No bank employees or customers were injured, but employees said it was the second time the bank branch was robbed in the last two or three months.

One witness, Michael Airhart, said he pulled up to the bank during the incident and said he saw two men run out.  He said they were carrying large guns.

The FBI and Homewood police are investigating. Homewood police did not immediately have additional information as of noon.

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