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03/08/2023

Suspected bank robber faces charges for trying to shoot, disarm Joliet police officers

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) – A man suspected of a bank robbery is facing multiple charges stemming from an incident last month in which he allegedly tried to shoot and disarm Joliet police officers who arrested him.

On Feb. 13, Joliet police went to a residence in the 400 block of Timber Pointe Drive after they learned Victor Barakat, 47, of Joliet, was there and a suspect in a bank robbery in another jurisdiction, police said.

Barakat is accused of robbing a Fifth Third Bank in Rolling Meadows on Feb. 8, according to a federal criminal complaint. Surveillance images from the incident appear to show Barakat holding a silver handgun. Investigators said Barakat left a smartphone on a teller counter during the robbery which police recovered.

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