Bank manager helps FBI nab robbery suspect

July 7, 2010 3:26:50 PM PDT
The FBI says it has captured a suspect wanted for robbing the same Chicago bank three times in the last month.

Investigators say the manager of the bank helped with the arrest.

The alleged bank robber appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty. He was charged with one count of bank robbery and ordered held without bond pending a detention hearing.

Surveillance pictures show the bandit who robbed the TCF Bank branch in the West Loop.

Investigators say 60-year-old Randolph Nathaniel walker was recognized by a bank manager from previous robbery attempts. The bank was then locked down, and he was taken into custody.

"We believe Walker is responsible for the robbery of a TCF Branch at 120 South Riverside Plaza on three separate occasions dating back to May of this year," said FBI spokesperson Ross Rice. "He was arrested yesterday afternoon when he apparently was en route to rob the bank a fourth time."

Authorities say this is not his first encounter with robbing a bank. Walker, a native of Pittsburgh, is wanted by the marshals for a probation violation in connection with an earlier bank robbery conviction.

Officials say Walker intimidated workers to rob the TCF branch of over $4,000. In one instance he allegedly got away with just $50.

"This is the first time we have anyone try to rob the same bank four times. That is a record for us," said Rice.

If convicted, Walker faces up to 20 years in prison.

Walker is also a suspect in the robbery of another bank in Chicago, which the FBI says was committed just one hour after one of the TCF Bank robberies. Charges are pending.


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