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Demontrion Phillips: Illinois man robbed 2 banks while on court-supervised release for 2 other robberies

After a four-day trial, Demontrion Deshan Phillips has been found guilty of four counts of bank robbery
UPDATED NOV 25, 2022
Demontrion Deshan Phillips robbed two Midland bank branches last year (Winnebago County Inmate Search and Screenshot/Fox News video)
Demontrion Deshan Phillips robbed two Midland bank branches last year (Winnebago County Inmate Search and Screenshot/Fox News video)

ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS: An Illinois man who robbed two banks last year while on court-ordered supervised release for another two 2017 bank robberies was found guilty last week. Authorities said that on April 27, 2021, 28-year-old Demontrion Deshan Phillips took $5,930 from the Midland States Bank in Rockford, and another $4,408 from a different branch of the same bank in Belvidere weeks later. 

After a four-day trial, the Justice Department convicted Phillips of four counts of bank robbery. According to federal prosecutors, Phillips entered the banks posing as a legitimate customer. After handing a deposit slip to the teller, he announced a robbery and demanded money. In the Belvidere robbery, Phillips threatened a teller by saying, “Don’t make me come over the counter,” after the teller did not give him as much money as he demanded, Fox News reported. 


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Law enforcement searched Phillips' Rockford home three days after the heist and found $5,090 in cash hidden in a sock. The cash included numerous bills that were identified by serial numbers as having been stolen from the banks during the two heists. Phillips committed the robberies while he was on court-supervised release following a federal conviction for two 2017 bank robberies in Rockford. 

He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 16, 2023. He faces up to 4 decades in prison and $500,000 in fines, in addition to court-ordered restitution. 

In a similar case, MEAWW previously reported that Chi Ngo was arrested for a second time for the same crime last year. The 52-year-old was arrested On June 10 for robbing a Chase bank on Fifth Avenue, near West 44th Street. That came just one day after a judge granted him supervised release over another bank robbery. Ngo's stick-ups were relatively harmless since he claimed to have a gun but didn't actually have one. He was accused of pulling off the robberies at two separate Chase Banks in as many days, according to sources and court documents.