CHICAGO — Three men have been arrested in connection with a bank robbery in Elmwood Park earlier this week. Law enforcement is also investigating whether the trio committed other recent bank robberies in Chicago and nearby suburbs.
ANDRES ADAME, 34, of Melrose Park, AARON FLORES, 21, of Chicago, and MANUEL MARTINEZ, 23, of Chicago, are charged with one count of bank robbery in connection with the Wednesday heist at U.S. Bank, 7312 W. Grand Ave. in Elmwood Park.
According to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Adame and Martinez were wearing sunglasses and surgical masks when they entered the bank shortly after 2:30 p.m., approached the teller counter and demanded cash. After the tellers complied with the demands, Adame and Martinez left the bank and drove off in a Honda CR-V sport-utility vehicle driven by Flores, the complaint states. Law enforcement pursued the defendants into Chicago, where the defendants’ vehicle collided with another car and came to a stop in a yard near West Altgeld Street and North Neva Avenue, the complaint states. Martinez was arrested at the scene, while Adame and Flores were taken into custody after a foot chase, the complaint states.
Flores and Martinez are scheduled to appear for detention hearings on Oct. 8, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey I. Cummings. Adame’s initial court appearance has not yet been scheduled.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Chicago Police Department, in coordination with the Elmwood Park Police Department.
The complaint and arrests were announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Larry L. Lapp, acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the FBI; and Eddie Johnson, Superintendent of CPD. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley A. Chung.
The robbery charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. If convicted, the Court must impose reasonable sentences under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.