Police: Bank robbery suspect tried to flee down dead-end street

2014-06-23T17:45:00Z 2014-06-23T21:56:29Z Police: Bank robbery suspect tried to flee down dead-end streetSarah Reese sarah.reese@nwi.com, (219) 933-3351 nwitimes.com

CALUMET CITY | A Blue Island man was identified as a suspect in a bank robbery after he fled down a one-way street and a witness saw his license plate number as he drove back past the scene, authorities said.

Michael Newson, 47, appeared before a judge Monday on a charge alleging he robbed the Charter One Bank branch at 1400 Torrence Ave., Calumet City, on June 18, the FBI said.

Newson was arrested last weekend and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, according to a news release from the FBI.

Newson is accused of handing a bank teller a note that demanded money and threatened gunfire for noncompliance.

The teller gave the man money and a dye pack, and he left carrying it in his hands, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The dye pack began smoking as the man walked outside and he threw it on the ground before it exploded, the affidavit states.

The teller said the man drove out of the bank's parking lot onto a dead-end street and had to travel back past the bank to flee, according to court records.

Four witnesses saw the man's license plates and one of them provided its number to authorities, court records state. They described his car as a black Ford or Mercury four-door sedan.

Investigators determined the license plate number was assigned to a black 1999 Mercury four-door vehicle registered in Newson's name, the affidavit says. Witnesses also identified Newson in a photo lineup, court records state.

Newson's next appearance in U.S. District Court in Chicago is scheduled for Friday.

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