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FBI seeks help identifying Joliet bank robber

The FBI is asking for the public’s assistance in searching for a man who robbed a Joliet bank Thursday.

The First Midwest Bank at 1415 W. Jefferson St. was robbed about 9:30 a.m., Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said.

Botzum said the FBI was handling the investigation. Law enforcement agents could be seen at the bank, which was closed, about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The FBI later released still images of surveillance footage from the bank, which showed a white man with a large build who appeared to be in his 60s standing at the teller counter. He had gray hair and was wearing a blue hat, sunglasses, a black shirt and a black jacket with three red stripes down the front left side of his chest, the FBI said.

The man should be considered armed and dangerous, and the FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his capture.

Anyone with information regarding the bank robbery should call the FBI’s Chicago Field Office at 312-421-6700 or submit information anonymously at tips.fbi.gov.

The same First Midwest bank was robbed in early February.

Police eventually released a video that appeared to show Bruce “June” Carter, 38, of Joliet, demanding money from a teller and grabbing cash out of a drawer. Video also shows him strolling away across a field while holding cash.

Pace bus surveillance footage also showed Carter riding riding a bus to the bank robbery.

Shortly after the robbery, police tracked Carter down to his Des Plaines Street home.

After one of the detectives, Brad McKeon, went to the back of the house, Carter walked downstairs, according to a report from the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Detective Aaron Bandy said Carter lunged at him while holding a folding utility knife, according to the report.

Bandy said that when Carter came toward him with the knife, he drew his gun and fired twice. Bandy said he put one hand on Carter to push him back while he “made contact with the wall” and continued firing his gun, according to the report.

Bandy “continued to fire his weapon” until Carter was no longer a threat, according to the report, and Carter died from his wounds.

The state’s attorney’s office determined the killing was justified.

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