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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Michigan Men Charged With Bank Robbery Of Bradford National Bank In Highland

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Ramsey Z. Fakhouri, 22, and Alexander P. Gerth, 18, both of Troy, Michigan, were indicted by a federal grand jury on February 20, 2014, with bank robbery.

Documents filed with the court allege that on February 14, 2014, the defendants robbed the Bradford National Bank in Highland, Illinois, of $25,780.00 in United States currency, which they obtained by force, violence, and intimidation from a bank employee as the bank employee was re-stocking the bank’s ATM machine.

Note: A defendant is presumed innocent of a charge unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The bank robbery statute carries maximum possible penalties of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, and three years’ supervised release.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark. The case was investigated by the Highland Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated February 19, 2015