City man accused of robbery attempt
ROCKFORD, Ill. A Janesville man charged with attempted robbery of a credit union in Belvidere, Ill., remained in jail without bond Monday after appearing in federal court.
Roger A. Biel, 46, of 20 N. Wisconsin St., Janesville, is accused of attempting to rob ABD Federal Credit Union, Belvidere, at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 3, according to the criminal complaint.
Biel was armed with what appeared to be a gun when he demanded money from one of the bank tellers, according to the criminal complaint.
The teller dropped to the floor and ran into another room, according to the criminal complaint.
Biel then pointed his gun at a second teller, saying the first tell shouldn't have fled, according to the criminal complaint.
He then left the credit union and drove away, according to the criminal complaint. He was arrested later that night in Beloit.
Biel appeared in federal court in Rockford, Ill., Monday and waived his preliminary hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney John McKenzie said.
He was ordered held in jail without bond, McKenzie said.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Biel is scheduled to appear in federal court today for a status hearing.
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