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'This Is A Robbery! Don't Make It A Murder,' Bank Robber Warns Teller: FBI

By Tanveer Ali | April 21, 2017 11:58am
 Jack Dudley allegedly tried to rob US Bank, at 25 E. Washington St., on Wednesday, according to the FBI.
Jack Dudley allegedly tried to rob US Bank, at 25 E. Washington St., on Wednesday, according to the FBI.
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CHICAGO — "This is a robbery! Don't make it a murder." 

That's what a Downtown Chicago bank robber's note to a teller this week read, the FBI alleged Friday.

The thief didn't even make it out of the bank, however, after a security guard at the bank noticed something was amiss and stopped the man on his way out, the FBI said.

Jack Dudley, who had been imprisoned in 2013 for another bank robbery, was arrested shortly after the Wednesday morning incident at US Bank, 25 E. Washington St., in the Loop, according to federal court documents.

Wearing a black Miami Heat jacket and green pants, Dudley passed a white piece of paper to a bank teller that said "This is a robbery! Don't make it a murder. Hundred's. Fiftys. In bag. In a hurry!" the FBI said.

The back of the note read: "Don't make it a murder. $1,00.00. $50.00.00. In bag. Thank you!"

The teller took out $10 and $20 bills and gave the money to the robber, who said something like, "Where are the hundreds?" before walking away, the FBI said.

After bank employees set off an alarm, a security guard who saw the robber peering into the bank shortly before the incident stopped him in the vestibule. The guard said he or she was a Chicago police officer and put the robber in handcuffs.

The robber dropped a Dunkin' Donuts bag with $3,020 inside.

Chicago police arrested the man, who had Federal Bureau of Prisons identification card. Federal records show Dudley is 61 years old and spent time at the federal Metropolitan Corrections Center in Chicago.

In 2013, Dudley — also known as Charles "Zodiac" Thompson — was arrested after going into the Amalgamated Bank near State and Monroe and slipping a teller a note that said "I have a gun, hundreds and murder."

After that incident, police tracked Dudley to his West Garfield Park home where he was arrested for heroin possession.