An FBI agent on Wednesday said it could be a month or longer before charges are filed against an Illinois man suspected of committing a string of bank robberies across the U.S., including banks in the Southern California cities of Upland and Glendora, since July.
"There is so much legwork to do by local police departments, from California to Richmond, Va., to pull this together," FBI Supervisory Special Agent Robert Ramsey said. "We're at 17 banks now, but we're not sure that's the end of it."
Suspect Jeremy Evans, 30, was arrested by Elgin, Ill. police Tuesday, Jan. 15, at a home in Carol Stream, a suburb of Chicago. The arrest occurred minutes after the report of a robbery at the Old Second National Bank at 3290 U.S Route 20, in Elgin. Employees called 911 about 9:15 a.m. that morning reporting an armed man came into the bank and demanded money. Soon after, officials say officers spotted a car matching the description of the getaway vehicle and arrested its driver, who was later identified as Evans. No one was hurt in this incident, authorities said.
"He actually had a gun this time," said Ramsey, saying that prior to last Tuesday's robbery, investigators were zeroing in on a suspect who never brandished a gun during the robberies but only threatened he had one in the notes he passed to the bank tellers. The threats escalated to include bomb threats, authorities said.
"Now we're starting to expand the scope of our investigation," Ramsey said.
Evans is suspected of robbing a US Bank in Upland on Nov. 1 and a Chase Bank in Glendora on Nov. 26.
Authorities put the combined loss from the robberies at $75,000.
Evans is being held without bond at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.
The U.S. Attorney's Office is reviewing the case. Charges are pending.
Ramsey said that since more than half a dozen of the robberies Evans is suspected of committing - roughly 7 or 8 - occurred in the state of Illinois, it is likely he will be charged and tried there. But it could be a month or longer before any charges are filed due to the scope of the investigation, which spans several states and includes multiples witnesses.