Bridgeview Bank robber surrenders to police

Bridgeview Bank robber surrenders to police; Family members recognized suspect’s photo, urged him to surrender

Anselmo Tapia

Anselmo Tapia

The suspect involved in the Nov. 24 robbery of the U.S. Bank in Bridgeview, Illinois turned himself in to police this week after his photo was published in the news media and he was recognized by relatives who urged him to surrender, Bridgeview Police officials said Monday.

The FBI, which led the investigation with Bridgeview Police into the robbery of the U.S. Bank, 8739 S. Harlem Ave., on Tuesday Nov. 24 turned over jurisdiction to Bridgeview Police for prosecution.

Bridgeview Police Chief Walter Klimek praised the actions of the suspect’s relatives in urging him to surrender to police.

“The suspect had been clearly identified in the photo from the Bank and it was just a matter of time,” Chief Klimek said.

Klimek said that the suspect is Anselmo Tapia, 45, a resident of Oak Lawn. Tapia, Klimek said, turned himself in to Burbank police on Friday, Nov. 27.

Using a photo captured by the bank’s surveillance system, police distributed the photo and physical description of the suspect to the media and to the public.

Tapia was described as approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall with a heavy build, wearing glasses, a hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap. He walked up to a bank teller window and passed a note to the bank employee demanding money, claiming to have a gun.  No one was injured during the robbery.

Tapia provided a confession indicating that he robbed the U.S. Bank branch because he owned money to another individual.

Bridgeview police charged Tapia with Aggravated Robbery. Tapia’s bond was set at $100,000.00.  He is scheduled to appear before a judge in court on December 1, 2015 at the 5th District Court in Bridgeview.

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