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Michigan man charged in Evanston bank holdup

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A Michigan man has been ordered held without bond on felony bank robbery charges in connection with the theft of nearly $4,000 Wednesday from the Bank of America Branch at 1336 Chicago Ave. in Evanston.

A Michigan man has been ordered held without bond on felony bank robbery charges in connection with the theft of nearly $4,000 Wednesday from the Bank of America Branch at 1336 Chicago Ave. in Evanston.

FBI Special Agent Robert Grant said Lawrence M. Brown, 50, was arrested shortly after noon Wednesday at 81st Street and South Yates Avenue in Chicago by Evanston and Chicago police officers who were able to locate him by following signals from a GPS tracking device placed in the money stolen from the bank.

The robber, dressed in a black skull cap and a white shirt, reportedly entered the bank about 11 a.m. and approached a teller, handing her a note announcing a robbery and then verbally demanding cash from her drawer.

In an affadavit filed in connection with the case, an FBI agent says Brown had changed clothes by the time he was arrested, but that police found clothes matching those worn by the robber in the car in which he was riding — as well as the cash taken in the robbery, the GPS transmitter and a replica gun.

The FBI says Brown has confessed to the robbery. If convicted, he faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

The female driver of the van in which Brown was riding when he was arrested has not been charged in the case.

Top: Bank surveillance camera image that police say shows the robbery in progress.

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