Chicago man identified as suspect in bank robbery near Grayslake

A Chicago man who was a suspect in a Third Lake bank robbery Tuesday afternoon led Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies all the way down to Cook County before he crashed and was apprehended, according to details released Wednesday by the sheriff’s office.

Alan H. Vasquez, 46, of the 3200 block of West Arthington Street in Chicago, was taken into custody and turned over to the FBI for bank robbery charges, but he was also charged by Lake County authorities with fleeing and eluding, driving with a revoked driver’s license and numerous other traffic violations, according to sheriff’s office Sgt. Christopher Covelli.

The bank robbery was called in to sheriff’s police at 3:12 p.m. from the Associated Bank at 34354 North Route 45 in Third Lake, north of Washington Street. The FBI said Tuesday it was a non-takeover type robbery where the suspect tries to remain inconspicuous.

The suspect drove away in a white Nissan Altima, according to witnesses, and deputies spotted the suspect vehicle at Peterson Road and Route 45 near Grayslake, several miles south of the bank, Covelli said. He added that deputies tried to make a traffic stop, and the suspect refused to stop.

Deputies pursued the Nissan as it headed south on Route 45 near Libertyville, according to Covelli, and the pursuit proceeded on several side streets before going north on Route 45. The suspect’s vehicle then went east on Route 120 to Interstate 94, where it got onto the tollway and headed south, Covelli said.

Once the Nissan passed the Cook County line, the pursuit was discontinued, but sheriff’s detectives in unmarked vehicles kept the vehicle under visual surveillance as it took the I-294 spur, Covelli said. He added that the suspect attempted to exit at Willow Road, but the Nissan struck a Pontiac Grand Am near the Willow Road tollbooth.

According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, the suspect tried to hide from an approaching Illinois State…

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