Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Chicago Man Charged with Attempt Robbery/Burglary at Downers Grove Bank
DuPage County State’s Attorney
Robert B. Berlin and Downers Grove Chief of Police Shanon Gillette announced
today that bond has been set at $100,000 with 10% to apply for a Chicago man
for allegedly attempting to rob the West Suburban Bank in the 5300 block of
Main Street in Downers Grove. Simeon Harris, 35 (d.o.b. 7/19/1984) of 2631 S.
Indiana Avenue, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge George
Bakalis set bond. Harris has been charged with one count of Attempt Robbery
(Class 3 Felony) and one count of Burglary (Class 2 Felony.) Harris is
currently on probation for a federal bank robbery.
It is alleged
that at approximately 5:39 p.m., December 2, 2019, Harris entered the bank and passed
a note to the teller that stated “This is a robbery. No silent alarms, No die
packs or trace money. Empty drawer.” It is alleged that when the teller at the
bank told Harris she was unable to open the drawer and provide any money to
him, Harris grabbed his note back and walked out the entrance to the bank.
Officers located Harris outside the bank and after a brief foot chase he was apprehended.
“According to the United States Department of
Justice, our nation suffered more than three thousand bank robberies in 2018, one
hundred eight of which were in Illinois,” Berlin said. “Thankfully, Mr. Harris’
alleged attempt to rob the West Suburban Bank was unsuccessful and no one was
injured. I would like to thank the officers from the Downers Grove Police
Department for their quick response and apprehension of the suspect in this
case. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Willis for his
efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Harris.”
court appearance is scheduled for December 20, 2019, for status in front of
Members of the
public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof
of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a
fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt
beyond a reasonable doubt.