Sunday, December 22, 2013

Evanston Man Robbed Uptown Bank As Part Of North Side Crime Wave, Now Dead

On December 12th, a reader asked: "So my roommate was just at the Jewel store on Montrose and Broadway and overheard 2 employees talking about the TCF Bank branch there being robbed earlier today. Anyone hear anything about this?"

We checked and saw several robberies at an Edgewater TCF had been recently reported, but saw nothing about the 4355 N Sheridan store.

Turns out it was robbed, and the FBI says that the man who did it -- Kevin Ross of Evanston -- had been on a one-man crime spree in Uptown, Edgewater and Evanston for the past five months.

He was shot dead by the police just four days later, on December 16th, after robbing a Chase Bank in Evanston for the second time. Since then, the FBI have linked him with bank robberies at
  • Chase Bank, 901 Grove Street. Evanston, IL on 9/6/2013. 3:31PM.
  • TCF Bank, 5343 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL. 10/2/2013. 5:01PM
  • TCF Bank, 5343 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL on 12/5/2013. 4:49PM.
  • TCF Bank, 4355 N. Sheridan. Chicago, Il on 12/12/13. 4PM.
  • and of course, his fatal return to Evanston's Chase Bank on 12/16/2013
The biggest shock is that the Evanston police claim they have found significant evidence linking him to the murder of two brothers in their family-owned Evanston cigar store last July.

Hard to know what was going on in this guy's mind, as he had a clean record prior to this year, but one thing is clear: he won't be robbing any more TCFs in Edgewater or Uptown.  A sad, weird story.


  1. Our TCF on Broadway has an armed guard. I guess they can send him home now.

  2. One less criminal who taxpayers have to pay for, in regards to going through the judicial system and the time spent in jail and prison.

  3. Those TCF's in Jewel are always a target. And a Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays from myself and my dog Poochie!

  4. Why is this sad? The menace is dead. Good riddance.

  5. Sad because the family of the murdered brothers will never know why they were killed. Sad for someone with no criminal history to start committing felonies all of a sudden. Sad for a widow and child to have to live knowing what the husband and father did and having no clue why. I'm not sad a criminal and murderer is no longer a threat, but there are tragic ripple effects and very few answers.