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FBI wanted poster in Joliet bank robbery no longer online

The wanted poster for a suspect in a robbery that took place at First Midwest Bank earlier this month is no longer available on the FBI’s website.

Bruce Carter, 38, of Joliet was suspected by the FBI and Joliet police of robbing the bank on West Jefferson Street on Feb. 6. On the same day, Carter was shot and killed by an officer who went to his home on South Des Plaines Street as part of a follow-up investigation of the robbery.

The FBI has not named Bruce Carter as the suspect in the robbery but did put his photo on a wanted poster and labeled the pictured man “captured” on its website several days after he was killed.

The FBI failed to respond to messages and a call Thursday about why the wanted poster no longer is available on its website.

Questions still remain about basic details of the robbery.

FBI Special Agent John Althen has refused to answer questions about whether the robbery suspect has been arrested, if his name will be released, how much money was stolen, if a criminal complaint has been filed or how the suspect was apprehended.

Althen also refused to disclose whether the suspect used a weapon during the robbery. The wanted poster states that the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

All Althen was able to say in an email was that “FBI-Chicago is unable to respond to your questions.” He then recommended that The Herald-News file a Freedom of Information Act request for information.

First Midwest Bank officials also have refused to discuss details of the robbery, with bank spokeswoman Maurissa Kanter saying the incident is “an ongoing law enforcement investigation.”

Carter’s brother, Marcello Carter, and longtime friend, Melissa Boatman, both have doubted that he was at the bank for a robbery. Marcello Carter insisted that his older brother wasn’t “a bank-robbing type.”

Joliet Police Chief Al Roechner has said Bruce Carter was identified by tellers at the bank as the robber. He failed to return a call Thursday.

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