Suspect nabbed minutes after bank robbery

Joe Sinopoli

A Lexington, Kentucky man was arrested by police minutes after he robbed of the Fifth Third Bank in La Grange Park at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday.

Robert Heinz, 51, entered the bank at 535 Sherwood Ave., and passed a note to a teller announcing a robbery, according to Police Chief Dan McCullum.

Heinz left the bank with an undetermined amount of cash and fled in a car occupied by two other people and a seven-month old child, which was then stopped by officers on La Grange Road just south of 31st Street two minutes later through a description of the vehicle provided by bank employees, McCullum said.

No one was harmed during the robbery and no weapon was involved, said McCullum, who added Heinz offered no resistance at the time of his arrest.

Investigators determined that Heinz had offered to pay the two other adults in the he car for a ride to the bank from Maywood, and that neither of the adults had any knowledge of the robbery. However, one of the adults, 42-year-old Ricky Young of Bensenville, was arrested after it was discovered a warrant had been issued by Cook County for failure to appear in court. He was handed over to county authorities. Heinz is also wanted in Kentucky for a parole violation.

The case has been handed over to the FBI, who transferred Heinz to Chicago for an appearance in Federal Court Thursday where he was charged with bank robbery.

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