Suspect Shot Dead After High-Speed Chase in Central Illinois

Published January 06, 2009

| Associated Press

A man suspected of robbing four banks died several hours after being shot by police following a high-speed chase around Normal in central Illinois.

The man, identified by McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling as Robert Sylvester of Bloomington, robbed a Bloomington currency exchange at gunpoint on Monday and fled in his vehicle, authorities said.

Click here for photos of the dramatic chase.

Police began a pursuit around 3 p.m. on Interstate 55. Authorities said the chase reached speeds of more than 90 mph.

Witnesses said the 57-year-old Sylvester jumped out of the vehicle near the Peoria exit onto I-74 just north of Normal Community West High School. They say the man leaped over a concrete barrier and showed a gun.

That's when the suspect and officers from several jurisdictions exchanged gunfire and he was shot.

Police said Sylvester was taken to BroMenn Regional Medical Center where he died late Monday.

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