Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was joined today by Gary J. Schira,
Chief of the Batavia, Illinois Police Department (BPD) in announcing the arrest of a North Aurora, Illinois man for the May 17th armed robbery of the Chase Bank branch, located at 130 South Batavia Avenue in the western suburb.
JOHN L. FOWLERS, who is also known as John Fowler, age 35, of 201 Lincoln Way in North Aurora, Illinois was arrested late Wednesday evening, without incident, by FBI Special Agents in the 4500 block of West Harrison Street in Chicago. FOWLERS was charged last week in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Armed Bank Robbery, which is a felony offense.
According to the complaint a lone robber, alleged to be FOWLERS, entered the Chase Bank branch just after 5:00 PM. He approached a teller and announced a robbery, while at the same time he placed a plastic shopping bag on the counter. The robber threatened the bank employee with harm, if his instructions were not followed. After receiving just under $3000.00, the robber fled the bank on foot, disappearing out of sight of witnesses. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.
Following the robbery, bank surveillance photos of the robber were distributed to news organizations. Several tips were received from members of the public, who identified FOWLERS as the robber. Subsequent investigation by the FBI and BPD developed additional evidence linking FOWLERS to the robbery and resulting in the charges announced today.
Though not charged, FOWLERS is also a suspect in the robbery of the same bank in February of this year.
In announcing this arrest, Mr. Grant noted the invaluable assistance provided by the public in identifying and apprehending the robber. Said Mr. Grant, “Public cooperation is a cornerstone of effective law enforcement. The citizens who called to provide information, which led to the arrest announced today, should be commended for their efforts.”
FOWLERS is currently being held at the Kane County Jail. He is scheduled to appear next week in U.S. District Court in Chicago, at which time he will be formally charged. If convicted of the charge filed against him, FOWLERS faces a possible sentence of up to twenty (20) years in prison.