ROCKFORD (WREX) — A Rockford man is convicted of aggravated bank robbery following a three-day jury trial in federal court.
Edward Everett Johnson III, 34, was found guilty of robbing Chase Bank, located at 4425 Harrison Ave. in Rockford back on April 20, 2016.
According to the indictment, Johnson drove a taxi minivan to the location. He approached a teller, pulled out a handgun and a backpack and told her he wanted all the money in her drawer. After the teller placed the money in the backpack, Johnson left the bank, jumped in to the sunroof of the taxi van and drove away.
The van was found abandoned in Rockford a few hours later.
A short time later, Johnson was identified as the suspect. He had already left for Chicago and boarded an Amtrak train to Washington, D.C. When the train stopped in Rockville, MD, Johnson exited the train and was tracked by Amtrak Police Department officers. When officers tried to stop him, he took off but was later arrested.
Johnson faces a maximum potential penalty of up to 25 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.