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Records: Alleged Joliet bank robber appointed third-party custodian

Thomas Tynan
Thomas Tynan

A rock musician charged with robbing a Joliet bank was appointed a third-party custodian after a pretrial services officer reported he may be “a risk to himself and others,” court records show.

Thomas Tynan, 59, of Joliet, faces a federal charge of bank robbery after he allegedly entered First Midwest Bank on West Jefferson Street Sept. 19 and took $938, according to a federal criminal complaint.

Tynan had been scheduled to play at the Grundy County Corn Festival in Morris the following weekend. Tynan was part of a rock band named after himself.

A status hearing was held Jan. 29 where a judge addressed a violation report concerning Tynan, according to court records. A pretrial services officer reported that Tynan “may be a risk to himself and others,” court records show.

A judge granted a motion from Tynan’s federal public defender Daniel Hesler to allow his client to have a third-party custodian, court records said.

Under third-party custody, a defendant is designated the custody of a person who supervises them and reports violations to the court, according to the U.S. Courts’ website.

Prosecutors also provided a “draft plea agreement” to Tynan during the same hearing.

Hesler declined to answer questions about the hearing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick did not return a call Friday.

Tynan has been free from jail on a $50,000 unsecured appearance bond with conditions since September, court records show.

A federal complaint alleged that Tynan walked into the First Midwest Bank and handed a teller a manila folder containing a note that said "100's, 50's, 20's, no dye packs, you have 45 seconds.”

Tynan is a former customer of First Midwest Bank, the complaint said, and a bank employee told investigators that Tynan had repeated overdrafts of his accounts.

Law enforcement agents contacted a family member of Tynan, who said Tynan had "ongoing financial issues," according to the complaint.

Tynan was arrested in Justice after the alleged bank robbery, police said.

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