Two brothers from suburban Chicago allegedly forced an armored truck courier at gunpoint to open the vehicle and deliver more than $1 million during a brazen armed robbery on Halloween morning.
Corrie Singleton, 21, and Darrell Singleton, 18, both of South Holland, Illinois, were charged in federal court in Chicago with robbery, bank robbery by assault and other firearm-related offenses.
The elder Singleton has been arrested and is in law enforcement custody, but his brother remains at large. A third alleged robber, a minor, was also arrested and charged in state court.
The robbery occurred at approximately 10:45 am on October 31 in Lansing, Illinois, according to a federal complaint. A Brink courier had just arrived at a Chase Bank branch on Torrence Avenue to top up an ATM when they spotted a white Dodge Charger behind their truck.
When the courier started working on a second ATM, the Singletons and the minor allegedly got out of the Charger, pointed a gun at the courier and told them not to move. They then disarmed the courier and demanded cash, the complaint says.
After taking some cash from the ATM, the trio allegedly dragged the courier to their truck and asked to open the vehicle’s interior compartments, where they would take more cash in sealed, colorful plastic bags and flee the scene.
Prosecutors say the Singletons and the minor stole about $121,824 from the courier and ATM and about $904,132 from the armored truck itself.
Lansing Police Department officers spotted Charger as he was leaving the scene and attempted to stop him, but Charger fled and crashed into another vehicle and a wall on an I-80 entrance ramp, according to the complaint.
Corrie Singleton and the young man were arrested, prosecutors said, and much of the stolen cash was recovered from their vehicle.
If convicted, the Singletons face a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years in federal prison and a maximum of 45 years.
Corrie Singleton is expected to be arraigned on December 15 in Chicago. Anyone with information on Darrell Singleton’s whereabouts may contact the FBI Chicago Field Office at 312-421-6700 or https://tips.fbi.gov.
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