Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Two charged after shootout with FBI in Illinois

by Associated Press

May 09, 2013

RICHMOND, Ill.(AP) — Two men were charged Saturday with trying to rob a northern Illinois bank in a foiled heist that left an alleged accomplice dead.

Roberto Favela, 34, of Chicago and Aaron Russell, 40, of Orland Hills appeared before a federal judge on Saturday, the FBI said. Neither has a listed phone number, and their attorney at Saturday's hearing, federal defender MiAngel Cody, didn't immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.

The two were arrested Friday outside of an Associated Bank branch in Richmond after FBI agents who had been tracking them surrounded their vehicle and another driven by 45-year-old Tony Starnes, of Chicago, after they pulled into the parking lot.

Authorities say that instead of surrendering, Starnes drove into an agent's vehicle, and that an officer shot and killed him. No agents were injured.

FBI agents had been tracking Russell in connection with Chicago-area jewelry store robberies. It was investigating Russell and Starnes for a Feb. 2 bank robbery in Poplar Grove. They were in Richmond, a community of about 1,900 residents near Wisconsin, as part of their investigation of the suspects.

Authorities say Russell had a mask around his neck and gloves on when they arrested him.

Russell has two previous armed robbery convictions in 2004 and 1991, according to the FBI.