Donald Bennett : “83-Year-Old Convicted Robber Returns for Bank Heists”

**Elderly Man Imprisoned for Decades Arrested Again for Bank Robbery**

An 83-year-old man, Donald “Doc” Bennett, who spent more than 30 years in prison for a series of bank robberies in the 1980s, is back behind bars. Bennett, once known as the “leaping bandit” for his daring bank heists, was recently arrested for allegedly holding up a Chase bank in Hickory Hills, Illinois, on Valentine’s Day.

**Arrest and Charges**

Bennett, along with his accomplice Edward Binert, was charged with armed robbery after the heist. Both men are set to appear in U.S. District Court in Chicago for a detention hearing.

**History of Bank Robberies**

In 1989, Bennett was convicted of multiple bank robberies in the Chicago area and served 31 years of a 50-year sentence before being released in 2020. Binert, who confessed to being involved in the Valentine’s Day robbery, first met Bennett in prison in 2006.

**Evidence and Suspicions**

During their arrest, investigators found weapons, disguises, and stolen money at Binert’s home, linking the men to the recent robbery. The FBI suspects Bennett of being behind at least seven recent bank robberies in the Chicago suburbs.

**Similarities in Robberies**

Special Agent Cassandra Johnson noted that the robberies shared similar patterns, with an older white male wearing a face covering and brandishing a handgun during the heists. Bennett is also suspected of a previous robbery at another Chase bank in Oak Lawn.

**Past Convictions**

Bennett’s case echoes that of another elderly bank robber, Bruce Edward Bell, who was recently arrested for a bank heist in California after spending 40 years in prison. The oldest convicted bank robber in the US was J.L. Hunter “Red” Rountree, who committed a robbery at the age of 91 and passed away in prison.


The case of Donald Bennett sheds light on the complexities of criminal behavior and the challenges of rehabilitation after long periods of incarceration. The FBI continues to investigate the string of bank robberies in the Chicago area, underscoring the importance of vigilance and cooperation in combating crime.

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