Chicago police capture “Wicker Park Bandit”

FBI photo
Chicago police have arrested the man they suspect of being the “Wicker Park Bandit,” a robber wanted for sticking up as many as 10 banks on the North Side, CBS 2 reports.

Here is the CBS 2 story:

A man suspected of being the so-called “Wicker Park Bandit,” wanted for robbing as many as 10 banks on the North Side, has been arrested and ordered held without bail.

As CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports, three weeks ago the suspect robbed the North Community Bank branch at 448 N. Wells St. in the River North neighborhood.

An eyewitness saw the man drive off in a maroon SUV with temporary plates. The FBI said Chicago Police impounded a vehicle matching that description a few days later, after a traffic stop and drug arrest.

The suspect, 27-year-old Simeon Harris, was arrested outside the Cambridge Manor low-income housing high-rise at 2631 S. Indiana Av., where he lived with his mother. Harris reportedly surrendered without incident.

So far, he has only been charged with the bank robbery in River North, but is suspected in at least 9 other robberies:

• A Dec. 13 robbery at the Chase Bank branch at 1700 N. Wells St.;
• a Dec. 20 robbery at the North Community Bank branch at 2335 N. Clark St.;
• a Dec. 22 robbery at the PNC Bank branch at 4440 N. Broadway;
• a Dec. 30 robbery at the Chase Bank branch at 1350 N. Wells St.;
• a Jan. 6 robbery at the North Community Bank branch at 1555 N. Damen Av.;
• a Jan. 6 robbery at the North Community Bank branch at 1600 W. Chicago Av.;
• a Jan. 9 robbery at the Chase Bank branch at 1200 N. State Pkwy.;
• and a Jan. 21 robbery at the Chase Bank branch, at 71 W. Chicago Av.;

“He was at large, and robbing banks, for about seven weeks before we got a lead to his identity,” FBI spokesman Ross Rice said.

The FBI’s Bandit Tracker website has a parade of surveillance photos of a bank robber they believe to be Harris during his crime spree. The latest is emblazoned with the word “captured” in red.

Since the second week in December, Harris is believed to have robbed as many as 10 banks, mostly in Wicker Park and in surrounding neighborhoods.

“Hence, he was given the moniker, the Wicker Park Bandit,” Rice said.

In each of the heists, the robber would walk up to tellers and hand over a note demanding money. He would imply that he was armed, but an actual weapon was never shown.

Harris faces charges in one robbery so far, and the FBI is gathering evidence in the other robberies.

“Video, eyewitness identifications, physical evidence; there’s a number of things that we have to do,” Rice said. “Knowing someone committed a crime and being able to prove it in court are two different things.”

Even if he’s convicted only in the robbery in in the River North neighborhood, Harris could still end up with a sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

Loyola adds six soccer players on signing day

Loyola University Chicago added six new soccer players as part of national signing day.

Here are the details from the university’s Athletic Department:

After capturing the program’s third Horizon League Tournament title in six years, Loyola University Chicago men’s soccer head coach Brendan Eitz announced the addition of six incoming recruits set to join the team for the 2012 season.

5-10 • Defense/Midfield
Marshalltown, Iowa • Marshalltown

Experienced player that will help anchor the defensive line…All-State honoree in 2009 and 2010…Ranked second in the state in assists as a senior…Served as high school team captain from 2010-2012…Member of Olympic Development Regional Team from 2005-2011…Named ODP team captain in 2010…Played for head coach Creighton Jenness at Marshalltown…Played for West Des Moines club team under coach Gareth Smith.

Eitz on Cruikshank: “Tyler can either play left back or left-center back and he is very good with left services. He has great experience in the Olympic Development Program as a regional team player and captain. We look forward to him stepping in and using that experience to help out right away.”

6-4 • Goalkeeper
Rockford, Ill. • Rockford Boylan

Strong, tall goalkeeper who will compete for a starting spot next season…NSCAA All-Midwest 2011 selection…IHSSCA All-State selection…Named Rockford Boylan’s MVP and Most Improved Player in 2011…Helped team to Illinois State Championship in 2010…Named IHSSCA All-Sectional goalkeeper as a junior…Member of 2010 Illinois Olympic Development State Team…Played under head coach Chris Mera at Rockford Boylan and under coach Frank Horvat at Rock Run soccer club.

Eitz on Dobrowolski: “Two things that immediately stand out with Tim are his size and athleticism. He’s strong and has exceptional distribution with his feet. We look forward to working with Tim as he competes for a starting position next year.”

6-2 • Defense/Midfield
Buffalo Grove, Ill. • Buffalo Grove

Athletic, versatile player who has great leadership qualities…Recorded 17 goals and 23 assists during high school career…Named Daily Herald All-Area in 2011…All-conference and all-sectional honoree in 2010 and 2011…Served as team captain during junior and senior seasons…Two-time team MVP…Played for high school head coach Rick Carlson at Buffalo Grove…Played club for Grove United under coach Garry Garcia.

Eitz on Flordaliso: “Marcus is a very versatile player. He’s athletic, big, and strong. He tackles well. He’s played everywhere form forward to defense in high school. He is a kid I think will be able to continue to develop. He shows great leadership abilities.”

5-10 • Defense/Midfield
Overland Park, Kan. • Rockhurst Jesuit

Athletic ability to contribute in all positions…Three-year letterwinner at Rockhurst High School…All-district 2011 selection…Scored goal en route to Missouri State Championship win in 2010…Served as team captain in 2011…Played for head coach Chris Lawson at Rockhurst Jesuit…Member of Sporting KC Academy under club coach Paul Rideout.

Eitz on Hare: “We have a strong tradition of players that have come from Rockhurst and have had great experiences with them in the past. Daniel is a left-footed player that can contribute at different positions, playing forward, midfield, or defense.”

6-0 • Midfield/Defense
Rockford, Ill. • Boylan Catholic

Versatile left-footed player…NSCAA All-American in 2011…Named NSCAA All-Midwest and IHSSCA All-State in 2011…ESPN Rise All-State honoree…Picked to Chicago Tribune All-State team…Helped varsity squad to IHSA Class 3A State Championship in 2010…Voted team captain during junior and senior seasons…At Boylan Catholic, played for head coach Chris Mera…Played club for coach Hugh Ward of the Rockford Raptors.

Eitz on Howe: “Ryan is the younger brother of current Rambler sophomore James Howe. He is another left-footed player and is very versatile. He can play anywhere in the back as well as midfield and has a great service on the ball to take corner kicks and free kicks. We really look forward to working with him next year.”

5-11 • Forward
Edina, Minn. • Edina

Force of attack…Tallied 24 goals and eight assists as a senior…Two-time all-conference selection…2011 MSHSSCA All-State Honorable Mention…Voted Edina’s Offensive MVP in 2010 and 2011…Named team captain as a senior…Played for head coach Dave Jensen at Edina High School…Coached by Evan Fubs at the Minnesota Thunder Academy.

Eitz on Undlin: “Jens is an attacking player that we discovered at our camp over the summer. We’re looking forward to him contributing up top or on the outside midfield.”