The man suspected of robbing the BMO Harris Bank branch at 9101 Cermak Road in North Riverside has been captured and charged with one count of bank robbery, the FBI announced on Sept. 3.
Rodrigo Medellin, 31, whom the FBI dubbed the “No Boundaries Bandit,” is suspected of robbing at least 14 Chicago-area banks, including the one in North Riverside on Aug. 21.
Cicero police apprehended Medellin on Sept. 1. According to Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania, officers recognized Medellin from images supplied by the FBI. Police reportedly knew Medellin as a gang member with whom they’d had several contacts in the past.
After obtaining a warrant for Medellin’s arrest, undercover Cicero police set up surveillance at Medellin’s known haunts in Cicero and other nearby suburbs over several days.
Illinois State Police involved in a vehicle chase on Aug. 29 forwarded information about the vehicle to Cicero police, who tracked it to the vicinity of Roosevelt Road and 18th Avenue in Broadview.
Cicero police staked out the vehicle until about 3 p.m. when a man, later identified as Medellin, exited a residence and then walked toward and entered the vehicle, which was parked in the driveway.
As the car backed out, police ordered the driver to stop. At that time, said police, Medellin pointed a gun at an officer who already had drawn his weapon. The officer reported that he began to squeeze the trigger of his handgun but noticed children in his peripheral vision. The officer pointed his weapon downward and it discharged into the ground.
At that point, a brief vehicle chase ensued, ending when Medellin crashed his vehicle in the parking lot of a laundromat at Roosevelt Road and 19th Avenue. Medellin then jumped out of the vehicle and ran southbound on 19th Avenue, where he was apprehended in the 1400 block.
Police reported finding a Tec 9 automatic weapon loaded with a 30-round magazine on the floor near the rear seat of Medellin’s vehicle.
Cicero police charged Medellin with aggravated assault to a police officer, aggravated fleeing and eluding, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, violating the terms of his parole and multiple traffic violations.
Medellin on Sept. 4 was formally charged by federal prosecutors with robbing Washington Federal Bank at 2869 S. Archer Ave. in Chicago. On June 11, according to the FBI, Medellin approached the teller and handed her a note indicating he had a gun and wanted cash from the drawer. The teller reportedly handed Medellin, who was wearing a T-shirt and baseball cap, $4,160.
North Riverside police reported that on Aug. 21 at about 2:10 p.m., Medellin was wearing similar attire when he walked into the BMO Harris Bank branch on Cermak Road.
He reportedly presented a note that implied he had a gun and wanted all of the money in the teller’s drawer. The teller reportedly gave Medellin a stack of unbanded $20 bills. He then left the bank without incident.
According to a federal complaint filed under seal on Aug. 25 and released publicly on Sept. 3, two informants — one an acquaintance facing charges in a separate case and the other a family member — identified Medellin as the “No Boundaries Bandit” to the FBI, which had offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to his arrest.
A person identified in the federal complaint as Individual A told the FBI on July 31 that Medellin had bragged to him about committing bank robberies. A family member contacted the FBI on Aug. 18, stating that Medellin “could be” the “No Boundaries Bandit.”
The FBI had been searching for leads on their suspect since May 16, when Medellin allegedly robbed a bank on Chicago’s Southwest Side. But Medellin’s actions were unpredictable, said the FBI, earning him the “No Boundaries” nickname. He reportedly targeted banks all over the area, from the near North Side in the city to the far southwest and northwest sides and the suburbs.
In addition to allegedly robbing the North Riverside bank, Medellin is also suspected of robbing banks in Burbank, Stickney, Melrose Park, Northlake and River Forest. His final robbery, according to the FBI, was at the PNC Bank branch at 6620 W. Ogden Ave. in Berwyn on Aug. 28.
Medellin is being held without bond at Cook County Jail. He has a court appearance related to the Cicero charges scheduled for Sept. 23 at the Maybrook courthouse in Maywood.