Suspected Bank Robbing Trio Arrested

Trio suspected of hitting three banks last week

Three men arrested over the weekend are being held in federal custody in connection with a series of bank robberies in the Chicagoland area.

The three, Kim Evans, Dezmond Swanson, and Corley Smith, are accused of robbing the Suburban Bank and Trust, in Oak Lawn, and a Chase Bank, in Skokie, both on February 16, and the Fifth Third Bank, on Main Street in Evanston, on February 20.

They're currently charged with only the Evanston robbery, but are suspects in the other two. 

The three were arrested Friday evening, after they allegedly led FBI agents on a brief chase on the South side, before eventually ramming one agent's car.  Agents said they're looking for at least two other individuals.

FBI Agents were led to the suspects' location, on May Street, on Friday morning, following a tip from someone who had seen media reports about the robberies four days earlier. The tipster identified one or more of those arrested as possibly being involved and provided vehicle information for one of the suspects.

While conducting surveillance of the area, the agents learned of the Evanston robbery. When the suspect’s vehicle arrived about 6 p.m., the agents approached, only to have the suspects and vehicle attempt to flee.

Evans, Smith and Swanson appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Cox on Monday. They were formally charged and ordered held without bond, pending their next court appearance. If convicted, all face up to 20 years in prison.

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