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South Side man charged with robbing Hyde Park bank

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A South Side bank robber who told a teller he needed money for his sick child was caught red-handed after a dye pack exploded shortly after the Hyde Park robbery.

Robert D. Shaw, 54, of the 500 block of East 51st Street, was charged Monday with one count of felony bank robbery, according to the FBI.

Shaw approached a teller at the Fifth Third Bank branch in the 1400 block of East 53rd Street about 9:30 a.m. March 1 and asked to make a withdrawal, a statement from the FBI said.

The teller asked for identification, and when Shaw refused, the teller said she could not complete the transaction, the FBI said.

Shaw told the teller, "Yes you are. I want all of the large bills out of your drawer. I'm robbing you," according to the federal criminal complaint and affidavit.

The teller, shaking in fear, gave Shaw $1,874 in cash and a dye back from the drawer, according to the complaint. He told her, "I don't want to hurt you. I have a sick child. I live a few blocks away. I don't want to hurt you. I just want to get home to my child."

Shaw then asked the teller, "Can you give me a few minutes to get away?" He put the money in his jacket pocket and left.

A short time later, Chicago Police officers arrested Shaw without incident in the 5200 block of Blackstone Avenue, the FBI said. He had red dye-stains on his hands, and police found numerous dye-stained bills on the sidewalk near a dye-stained scarf.

Shaw told investigators he robbed the bank and provided a written statement, according to the affidavit.

He appeared Monday in U.S. District Court in Chicago where he was formally charged and ordered to remain in federal custody until his next court appearance, which has not been scheduled.

If convicted, Shaw faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison.

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