An Evanston man has been charged with robbing a bank near the mental health facility where he lives.

Police say officers were called to the Bank of America branch at 1336 Chicago Ave. about 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Bank employees told them a man had approached a teller and demanded cash while keeping one hand in his pocket.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says the teller, fearing for her safety, gave the man cash, which he placed in a bag. He then left the bank walking north.

Bank employees said they recognized the man as a past customer who they believed lived at a mental health facility at 1406 Chicago Ave.

Officers conducted a floor-to-floor canvas of the building and found a man who matched the description of the robbery suspect who police say later was positively identified as the robber by witnesses.

The man, 51 year old Patrick J. Slove, is now facing charges of robbing a financial institution.

He’s scheduled to appear in district court in Skokie on Dec. 9.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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