Man charged in robbery of Evergreen Park bank

  • Written by Dermot Connolly




A man suspected of robbing the First National Bank of Evergreen Park on Dec. 11 was caught after dropping his cellphone and papers with his name on them as he fled the bank at 3960 W. 95th St.

Kenneth A. Holeman, 53, who was on probation for a 2009 bank robbery in Oak Brook already, was arrested without incident by Chicago Police on Dec. 14 near 69th Street and Marshfield Avenue in Chicago, where he was working on a car.

Holeman walked up to a teller window at the Evergreen Park bank about 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 11, and ordered the teller to “give me all the f---money,” according to a federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

The FBI said another teller and the bank’s armed security guard were behind the counter and overheard what Holeman said. The security guard told the tellers to comply with his demand.

According to the complaint, Holeman escaped after putting approximately $1,820 in a bag. But he left behind a ski mask and several sheets of paper he had used to cover his face, including a forfeiture notice from the Cook County state’s attorney’s office that included his name and address in the 8100 block of South Honore Avenue in Chicago.

The bank security guard then jumped over the counter and chased him, warning him to stop or he would shoot. Following him outside, the security guard fired one shot into the air, which startled Holeman, causing him to drop his cellphone, according to the FBI.

He continued chasing the robber across Pulaski Road to the Jewel-Osco parking lot at 9424 S. Pulaski, where he told investigators that Holeman got into a silver Pontiac Grand Prix and drove away. The guard fired at the back tires as he fled north on Pulaski.

An off-duty Evergreen Park police officer then reportedly observed Holeman’s car speeding through a red light at the intersection of 87th Street and Pulaski Road, almost causing an accident. The car’s license plate was radioed in for reckless driving.

Prior to Holeman’s arrest, Chicago police officers found the 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix parked with two flat tires in an alley in the 1100 block of West 87th Street in the city. Two relatives told investigators Holeman had the car towed there on Dec. 12 and told his relatives that the car was stolen.

According to the FBI, Holeman is also a suspect in three other Chicago bank robberies this year, including Oct. 23 at the Chase Bank branch at 11721 S. Halsted St.; Sept. 29 at the Chase branch at 8340 S. Kedzie Ave.; and Sept. 14 at the Byline Bank branch at 4050 S. Archer Ave.

They also believe he tried unsuccessfully to rob a Bank of America branch at 5601 S. Kedzie Ave. on Oct. 21.

No charges have been filed in those robberies.

Holeman was being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago this week, and is due to appear in court for a status hearing onon Jan 13.