A Rock Island man placed on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections in October is charged with robbing two Mercer County financial institutions in November and December.
DeAngelo D. Dixon, 26, had been serving a four-year prison sentence on a 2010 aggravated robbery conviction out of Rock Island County when he was paroled Oct. 31.
Eight days later, Mercer County prosecutors claim, he robbed the first of two financial institutions in the county.
According to the charges filed Wednesday in Mercer County Circuit Court, Dixon is alleged to have gone to the United Federal Savings and Loan in Viola, on Nov. 8, and told a teller that he was armed with a firearm and demanded money.
Dixon also allegedly held a woman at the savings and loan against her will, according to Meeghan Lee, Mercer County assistant state’s attorney.
On Dec. 10, Dixon went to the First Community Bank in Sherrard and indicated he was armed with a firearm and demanded money by threatening the use of force. He then punched a woman who was on the sidewalk by the bank.
Dixon is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, one count of aggravated battery, and one count of unlawful restraint.
Lee credited Viola Police Chief Tom Mulder and Mercer County Detective Bill Glancey with the investigation, as well as the FBI, Rock Island Police, Illinois State Police and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Dixon is being held on $1 million bond in the Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet. He was placed back into the custody of the Illinois DOC on Jan. 2 for violating the terms of his parole.
Because Dixon already has at least one Class 1 felony conviction under Illinois law for aggravated robbery, each count of aggravated robbery regarding the financial institutions carries an extended prison sentence of six to 30 years. Usually, a Class 1 felony carries a prison sentence of four to 15 years.
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Dixon has two Class 1 felony convictions for aggravated robbery. In addition to the 2010 conviction, he was convicted of aggravated robbery in 2006 and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Aggravated battery is a Class 3 felony that carries a prison sentence of two to five years, while unlawful restraint is a Class 4 felony that carries a prison sentence of one to three years.
In 2004, Dixon was convicted in Rock Island County of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to four years in prison for that offense.
(J.C. Taylor contributed to this story.)