Man tried to rob victim at Loop bank while on electronic monitoring for doing the same thing: police

Eric Elem (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a Chicago man tried to rob another man at a bank in the Loop while on electronic monitoring for allegedly doing the exact same thing last year about a block away.

We told you about Eric Elem’s arrest on September 6 after prosecutors said he tried to rob a 17-year-old boy at Bank of America, 33 North Dearborn.

The teenager told Chicago cops that he was inside the bank’s ATM vestibule when Elem entered and asked him to deposit a check, according to a CPD report. Officials said Elem eventually “forced” the boy to deposit the check and ordered him to withdraw $400 as compensation for the deposit.

But the kid’s bank account didn’t have $400 in it. He explained that he had no way to pay Elem the $400 he wanted, according to the police. Elem held the boy inside the vestibule against his will, ordering him to hand over $400 or “I will hurt you,” the arrest report said.

Elem, 25, went home on an ankle monitor to await trial.

Now, prosecutors say he did essentially the same thing to a grown man at Chase Bank, 10 South Dearborn, on February 29.

That victim told police that Elem implied he had a weapon as he ordered him to go into the bank and withdraw money. Inside the bank, Elem handed the man a fraudulent money order, similar to the check he gave to the 17-year-old, according to a CPD report.

A bank security guard caught wind of what was happening and detained Elem until police arrived.

Prosecutors charged Elem with attempted robbery, the same charge he continues to face in connection with last year’s incident.

Prosecutors did not ask Judge William Fahy to detain Elem on the new charge. Instead, Fahy ordered him to go back to electronic monitoring. However, Elem remains jailed for violating the terms of pretrial release in the other case.

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