Grand jury indicts 'Ray Bandit' in two region bank robberies

2013-07-17T18:00:00Z 2013-07-17T20:46:19Z Grand jury indicts 'Ray Bandit' in two region bank robberiesJim Masters Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 17, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

HAMMOND | A federal grand jury has indicted a Glendale Heights, Ill., man dubbed the “Ray Bandit” in connection with a pair of Northwest Indiana bank robberies.

Jeremy David Evans, 31, is accused of wearing Ran Ban-style sunglasses while committing at least 17 bank robberies in seven states. Two of the alleged robberies occurred Aug. 8, 2012, at the TCF Bank in Munster and Fifth Third Bank in Hammond.

Evans, who was formally charged Wednesday, has been held without bond at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago since his arrest Jan. 15. He was arrested in connection with a robbery at Old Second National Bank in Elgin, Ill., after police spotted his suspected getaway car, federal authorities said.

Evans' alleged robbery spree began July 30, 2012, in Salem, Wis., and he is suspected of robbing banks in the Illinois cities of Moline, Collinsville, Edwardsville and Milan, authorities said. He’s also suspected, although not charged, in bank robberies in Bettendorf, Iowa; Omaha, Neb.; Janesville, Wis.; Virginia; and California, where he told bank employees he had a bomb, authorities said.

In the Indiana robberies, Evans is accused of passing a note to bank tellers saying he had a gun.

A total of about $75,000 was taken in the 17 robberies, authorities said. Evans is being investigated for possible involvement in additional robberies.

No court date has been set for Evans, according to a U.S. District Court spokesperson. He faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison on each robbery count.

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