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Former Evanston Man Convicted of Robbing First Federal Savings Bank in Rock Falls

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois

ROCKFORD — A former Evanston, Ill. man was convicted today of bank robbery following a three-day jury trial in federal court in Rockford. 

CONRAD J. GONZALEZ, 47, was found guilty of robbing the First Federal Savings Bank, located at 701 1st Ave., in Rock Falls, Ill. on Oct. 30, 2013.

According to the indictment and evidence at trial, at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2013, Gonzalez entered First Federal wearing a baseball cap and Chicago Bears sweatshirt.   Gonzalez approached a bank teller and handed her a note demanding money.  When the teller attempted to retrieve the note from the counter, Gonzalez said, “That was a stupid thing to do,” and took the note back.  The teller then handed $1,870 to Gonzalez who then walked out of the bank on foot.

Gonzalez faces a maximum potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison, up to 3 years of supervised release following imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and full restitution.  The court must impose a reasonable sentence guided by the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.  Sentencing for Gonzalez is set for April 19, 2016, at 2:30 p.m.

The conviction was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The Rock Falls and Sterling Police Departments assisted in the investigation.

The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph C. Pedersen and Monica V. Mallory.

Updated January 7, 2016

Violent Crime