A 19-year-old Evanston woman is facing federal charges of robbing a Winnetka bank last month and is suspected in another bank holdup this fall.

The FBI says Arden Metalitz walked into the Chase Bank at 791 Elm St. about 10:40 a.m. on Nov. 6, demanded money and said she was carrying a gun and a knife. She fled after a teller handed over $1,000, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

The paper quotes FBI officials as saying Metalitz also robbed a Bank of America Branch in Elmhurst on Oct. 29.

An attorney for Metalitz reportedly said there were “tremendously extenuating circumstances” in the case.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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