Charges filed against 2 men in Homewood bank robbery

2013-12-05T12:30:00Z 2013-12-06T01:06:09Z Charges filed against 2 men in Homewood bank robberyTimes Staff
December 05, 2013 12:30 pm  • 

CHICAGO | Two men have been charged in connection with a bank robbery Wednesday in Homewood after a manhunt found the pair at a nearby parking lot with $80,288 in the trunk of a gray Volvo, the FBI said.

Malcolm Carpenter, 32, of Chicago, and Justin Williams, 23, of Calumet Park, each face one count of bank robbery at the Bank of America branch at 18460 Governors Highway in Homewood. On Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Jeffrey Cole ordered both men held pending their next court date. Williams is scheduled to return to court at 9 a.m. Tuesday. No date was announced for Carpenter.

The pair was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of a nearby apartment building on Cherry Creek Drive following a manhunt by the FBI, the South Suburban Emergency Response Team and the Homewood Police Department. They were found sitting in a gray 1998 Volvo GLT with heavily fogged windows, the FBI said. A search of the car uncovered a bag in the trunk containing $80,288 and two semi-automatic handguns hidden behind the car's radio, according to the criminal complaint.

According to the FBI, the men entered the bank just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and one of the men took out a stainless steel semiautomatic gun and pointed it at the manager.

After the second man pulled out a black handgun and announced the robbery, the pair walked the manager to the vault and one of them pointed the gun at the manager, ordering the vault to be opened, according to the complaint.

With the assistance of a teller, the vault was opened and one of the men pulled a bag from a pocket and told the manager to fill it. The suspect then told a teller to put the contents of her teller drawer in the bag, as well.

The two men then walked out of the bank, the FBI said.

A witness told police that two men were seen running toward a nearby apartment building. Next to the building, officers stopped an individual who had a large amount of cash and a key to the gray Volvo. FBI SWAT teams removed residents from the apartment building, searching for the two suspects.

A resident remarked to officers the gray Volvo parked in front of the building did not belong there, which led to the arrest of Carpenter and Williams. Information provided by the Chicago FBI office on Thursday did not mention any charges against the third individual and the investigation is continuing.

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