Chicago IL Sept 3 2011 – A man who robbed a North Side bank Thursday morning and is suspected of a second bank heist remains in federal custody after being captured by a bank security guard he allegedly stabbed with a screwdriver.
James D. Erwin, 51, with a last known addredd of 919 N. Ashland Ave., robbed the Lakeside Bank branch at 2800 N. Ashland Ave., according to Chicago Police.
He is in federal custody and was charged Friday in a federal criminal complaint with bank robbery charges, according to FBI spokesman Ross Rice, who said he is also a suspect in the Aug. 2, robbery of the Bank of America branch at 3215 N. Lincoln.
At 11:12 a.m. Thursday, Erwin handed a deposit slip to a teller and demanded money while saying he had a gun, police said. The teller gave him about $4,000 cash, which he placed in his pockets before leaving the bank.
But a security officer followed him outside to the parking lot, where Erwin entered a Honda Odyssey. The guard began struggling with Erwin, who allegedly used a red-handled screwdriver to stab the guard several times, accordig to Rice.
Police got to the scene and saw them struggling before the guard subdued Erwin. All of the money was recovered.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila Finnegan ordered Erwin held without bond, pending his next court appearance. He had not been charged with the Bank of America robbery as of Friday afternoon.
Erwin listed himself as “unemployed’’ in a police report. He has been arrested once before in the city, about two years ago for driving on a suspended license, police said.