Robber used Lyft to get to and from Rolling Meadows bank, FBI says

  • Authorities say Jonathan Decorah robbed Ben Franklin Bank in Rolling Meadows on Saturday morning.

    Authorities say Jonathan Decorah robbed Ben Franklin Bank in Rolling Meadows on Saturday morning. Courtesy of the FBI

 
By Henry Redman
Daily Herald correspondent

The man charged in Saturday's robbery of Ben Franklin Bank in Rolling Meadows used a ride-sharing service to get to and from the bank, according to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI.

Jonathan Decorah took $5,964 from the bank, 3266 Kirchoff Road, and fled in a white Hyundai, the complaint said.

Around 9:35 a.m., Decorah entered the bank wearing a black jacket, jeans, bright blue gym shoes, a dark hat and a black cloth covering his face, authorities said.

According to the complaint, he walked up to the bank's teller with his right hand in his jacket and handed the teller a note that read "Give me all the money or Ill (sic) blow your head off. I got 2 guys outside with machine guns."

A separate employee recognized Decorah as a customer because of his voice and "distinct, crooked nose," according to the complaint.

The bank manager noticed the teller was acting strange and also recognized Decorah as a customer, according to the complaint. The teller, the manager and the other employee all later identified Decorah in a police lineup, the FBI said.

Witnesses at the bank reported Decorah had fled in a vehicle with a ride-share sticker in the rear window, which turned out to be a Lyft, the complaint said.

The Lyft driver took Decorah to the United Airlines terminal of O'Hare International Airport, where he was found by authorities around 2:10 p.m. wearing the same clothes and carrying bills from the bank, according to the complaint.

Decorah admitted to the FBI he had robbed the bank, the complaint said.

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