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posted: 1/8/2010 12:01 AM

Carjacker robs one bank, tries to rob another

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The FBI and Aurora police are searching for a masked man who hijacked a Jeep, robbed one bank on the city's northwest side and tried to rob another before meeting a getaway car in nearby Warrenville late Thursday afternoon.

Dan Ferrelli, Aurora city spokesman, said there were no injuries. However, authorities don't have a good description of the man other than that he spoke Spanish, Ferrelli said.

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"This case is pretty complicated because so many things happened in a short period of time," he said.

Aurora police said they responded at 5:19 p.m. to the 1200 block of Marshall Boulevard where a masked man with a handgun took a white 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee from an Aurora motorist and then headed east toward Farnsworth Avenue.

Police said the masked man apparently drove to the Harris Bank, 2853 Kirk Road. At 5:35 p.m., authorities got a call that a man in a white Jeep went in the drive-through, showed a handgun and demanded money. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount.

About four minutes later, Aurora police responded to the Amcore Bank, 2505 N. Farnsworth Ave., for a report of a man driving the same vehicle who demanded money from a drive-in teller. The teller refused and the man drove away, police said.

At 6:05 p.m., Warrenville police found the empty hijacked Jeep near Ferry and Frieders roads.

Warrenville and Aurora police tracked footprints from the Jeep along Ferry Road, where it appears the man got into a second vehicle and fled the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (630) 505-5755, Aurora police at (630) 801-6655 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000.

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