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73-year old Roosevelt Gordon has been charged with one count of bank robbery after failing to rob another bank on Wednesday; the Bank of America in Uptown at 4758 N. Racine Avenue.

According to police reports, Gordon softly told the Bank of America teller, “This is a stickup I have a gun, give me all of your money.’’  The teller told police he thought it was a joke, but he “kept a straight face and had a serious demeanor.’’  The robber turned to two other employees and asked himself, ““What am I doing? ‘’  He then slowly walked out of the bank without any money.


FBI surveillance photos from a Sept. 24 bank robbery in the Loop (left) and an attempted bank robbery today on the North Side. (FBI)

He was recognized by police and arrested today at a Loop bus stop.

Gordon is suspected in the September robbery of a Harris Bank branch at 111 W. Monroe Street and the attempted robbery of a nearby bank.

According to the criminal complaint, the 73-year old told police that he and his wife had been evicted from their apartment four months ago and  needed money, so he “decided to rob a bank.’’

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