Federal Bureau of Investigation

Bank Robbery Prompts ‘Soft Lockdown' at Nearby Downers Grove Middle School

A middle school in in Downers Grove was on “soft lockdown” Thursday due to a nearby bank robbery, officials said.

Downers Grove police contacted District 58 to “inform us of an incident at a nearby bank,” a note to parents from Herrick Middle School Principal Matt Neustadt reads. The lockdown was lifted about 3 p.m.

The FBI was responding to a bank robbery at US Bank at 1048 Ogden Avenue that occurred around 1:30 p.m., Special Agent Garrett H. Croon said.

The robbery suspect was described as black, 5' 8'' and approximately 160 pounds, between 20-30 years of age, according to the FBI. He was wearing a black Nike hat, black short sleeved button down shirt, gray tie and sunglasses.

He did not show a weapon during the robbery, according to the FBI.

“At this time we are in a soft lockdown and students are in the building and safe,” Neustadt said before the lockdown was lifted. “No one will be allowed to enter or leave the building until the lockdown is over.”

Students were dismissed at the scheduled time of 3:15 p.m.

Downers Grove police were not immediately available for comment.

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