(MCT) — Officials have charged a 51-year-old man today with the attempted robbery of a Broadview bank on Monday in which he tried to disguise himself by wearing a flower pattern dress, wig and even strategically placed balloons, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
Donald R. Sherman of the 600 block of Bellwood Avenue in Bellwood, was ordered held by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael T. Mason, at which time he was ordered held pending his next scheduled court appearance, according to FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde.
Sherman was charged with trying to rob the MB Financial Bank branch, 1500 W. Roosevelt Rd., officials said.
At about 1:20 p.m., Sherman walked into the bank dressed as a woman and described by two bank employees as a black female — between 5 feet 7 and 6 feet 2 inches tall — and wearing dark sunglasses, a flower print dress and an overcoat, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
After Sherman walked in to the lobby he told an employee that a bomb was strapped to his body and demanded $70,000 from the manager, according to the complaint. But instead of getting cash, the manager left the lobby and called police, officials said.
He was carrying a large black bag with silver buckles and wearing a baseball cap with the word "Obama" stitched on it, officials said.
At that point, Sherman walked up to a teller and motioned to the bag and said, "Could you fill these bags with $70,000...they're going to kill us," according to the complaint.
In response, Sherman was told to speak to the manager and indicated that he had already done so, according to the complaint.
As Broadview police began responding, Sherman left the bank without any money and was quickly arrested outside, officials said. As police arrested him, he was patted down and police found that he had two blue balloons "in the vicinity of Sherman's chest" according to the complaint. Police then found that he was wearing a wig.
Sherman admitted to officials that he purposely disguised himself as a woman and pretended to have a bomb.
He was later shown video from the bank and admitted to his involvement, according to the complaint.
No one was injured in the incident, officials said.