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FBI links dead Evanston suspect to five bank robberies

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EVANSTON, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The FBI now believes the Evanston man fatally shot Monday by police following the afternoon robbery at a downtown bank might have been involved in as many as four other robberies, including one at the same bank branch in September, the Pioneer Press is reporting.

Kevin Ross, 29, of Evanston, was shot multiple times by officers after they confronted him following a bank robbery at Chase Bank, 901 Grove Ave.

Police say officers opened fire on Ross after he refused to respond to their order to drop his weapon.

FBI investigators have since developed information to connect Ross with four other bank robberies, Special Agent and Media Coordinator Joan Hyde confirmed Wednesday.

Investigators have linked him to the Sept. 6 robbery at the same Chase Bank branch, 901 Grove. That robbery took place at 3:31 p.m. – a half hour later than when police received a call on Monday's robbery.

They have also linked him to three other banks located within a tight geographical cluster, based on surveillance photos, eyewitness descriptions, other factors, Hyde said.

In the latest Chase robbery, the suspect was described as a white man, wearing dark clothing with a scarf over his face and carrying a satchel bag.

Investigators have also linked Ross to robberies at TCF Bank, 5343 N. Broadway, at 5:01 p.m. on Oct. 2 and again at 4:49 p.m. on Dec. 5; and then at another TCF branch, at 4355 N. Sheridan Road on at 4 p.m. Dec. 12.

It's not unusual for the FBI to deal with bank robbery suspects involved in multiple bank robberies, Hyde said. In this case, evidence suggests the offender "found some comfort level going back to the same location.''

Evanston police have taken notice of the patterns and their proximity to public transportation stops, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said Wednesday.

Parrott said investigators continue to work on leads to determine whether Ross was involved in criminal activity beyond the robberies.

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