Thursday, January 8, 2009

Winebago man arrested in bank robbery

Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was joined today by Richard A. Meyers, Winnebago County Sheriff; Todd Stockburger, Chief of the Winnebago, Illinois Police Department (WPD) and Lisa Womack, Chief of the Elgin, Illinois Police Department (EPD) in announcing the arrest of MARK WASSERMAN, age 42, of Rockford, Illinois.
WASSERMAN was arrested in Elgin earlier today, without incident, by FBI Special Agents, Officers from the EPD and Winnebago County Sheriff’s Officers as he was seen exiting a motel near Route 31 and Boncowski Road. WASSERMAN was wanted for the armed robbery of the U.S. Bank branch, located at 606 North Elida in Winnebago, late yesterday.
According to witnesses, WASSERMAN entered the bank at approximately 4:30 PM and approached a teller while brandishing a handgun. He then orally announced a robbery and demanded cash from the teller’s drawer. After receiving an as yet undetermined amount of money, WASSERMAN fled the area in a dark colored sport utility vehicle.
Subsequent investigation by the FBI, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office and WPD developed additional information leading to the identification of WASSERMAN and traced his whereabouts to the Elgin motel.
WASSERMAN will be charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Rockford with one (1) count of bank robbery, which is a felony offense. WASSERMAN is scheduled to have an initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge P. Michael Mahoney in Rockford at 9:00 AM tomorrow, at which time he will be formally charged. If convicted of Armed Bank Robbery, WASSERMAN faces a possible sentence of up to (20) years incarceration.
The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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