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Crime & Courts

Woman charged in 2017 Batavia bank robbery, caught in Yorkville wanted by FBI

Feds say woman caught in Yorkville in December vanished after bond was revoked over drug test

Yorkville police sealed off the parking lot at the Yorkville Menards store on the afternoon of Dec. 12 as they sought suspects in a Batavia bank robbery. Police later arrested Melissa Fitzgerald, who is now wanted by the FBI after her bond was revoked by a federal judge.
Yorkville police sealed off the parking lot at the Yorkville Menards store on the afternoon of Dec. 12 as they sought suspects in a Batavia bank robbery. Police later arrested Melissa Fitzgerald, who is now wanted by the FBI after her bond was revoked by a federal judge.

A woman charged with robbing a bank in Batavia last December and arrested with a getaway driver in Yorkville is wanted after a federal judge recently revoked her bond.

Melissa Fitzgerald, 26, of Portage, Indiana, was arrested Dec. 12 in Yorkville after a robbery at the Old Second Bank on Wilson Street in Batavia. Federal prosecutors say Fitzgerald took about $3,417. According to police, Fitzgerald and a getaway driver were arrested in the parking lot of a Yorkville Menards store after the Batavia bank robbery.

FBI Special Agent Janine L. Wheeler confirmed Monday that Fitzgerald has been wanted since May 8, when U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer signed an order revoking Fitzgerald’s bond.

As part of Fitzgerald’s federal court proceedings before Magistrate Judge Young Kim in December, Fitzgerald agreed to a 30-day stay at a residential drug treatment program through the Gateway Foundation as a condition of her pretrial release, court documents state. Her release also included a requirement that she not use any controlled substances.

During a hearing in March, federal Judge Virginia Kendall admonished Fitzgerald for a violation report that stated Fitzgerald had failed to return within a reasonable time after she went to an appointment with her attorney.

Fitzgerald had been living at Chicago Kedzie Recovery Home, a Gateway Foundation facility, after she completed her 30-day treatment, according to court records. The judge modified Fitzgerald’s home confinement to include a curfew but to allow Fitzgerald to seek employment.

Federal court records show that on May 3, a urine sample from Fitzgerald provided to the Kedzie facility tested “presumptively positive” for opiates and cocaine.

The defendant was contacted at 7:30 a.m. that morning and told to return to the Kedzie facility but she did not return until 12:58 p.m. that afternoon, according to court records.

The Kedzie facility’s director contacted pretrial services that evening at 6:30 p.m. and told them that Fitzgerald left the facility without permission and her whereabouts were unknown, according to federal court records.

An Aurora man arrested as a getaway driver in the incident, Reginald Parker, 43, was convicted in Kane County of attempted armed robbery of two stores in Aurora and sentenced to eight years in state prison as part of a plea agreement in April.

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