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POLICE: Batavia Man Charged With Attempted Armed Robbery Downtown

The incident took place Tuesday morning near the Chase Bank ATMs on Batavia Avenue. Here are more details.

Update: The man accused in the attempted robbery is now out on bond. For our latest story on this incident, .

A 20-year-old Batavia man faces an attempted armed robbery charge after an incident early Tuesday morning on Batavia Avenue, police said.

Zachary Schulz, of the 700 block of Houston Street in Batavia, told detectives he was the offender in the bank incident and turned himself in Tuesday afternoon, according to a Batavia Police Department press release.

The attempted robbery occurred near the ATMs at , 130 S. Batavia Ave. in Batavia, the release said. Officers were dispatched to the scene at 2:03 a.m. Tuesday.

A 42-year-old Batavia woman said she was conducting an ATM transaction in the drive-thru lanes when she saw an armed man approach her vehicle.

The woman was unharmed and was able to drive away from the scene. She was able to provide police with a physical description of the man.

Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the man.

Man Turns Himself In

At 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a man walked into the lobby, 100 N. Island Ave. The man, Zachary Schulz, told police he was the one in the incident at the bank on South Batavia Avenue, and he wished to turn himself in to authorities.

A subsequent interview with Schulz corroborated the events as detailed by the woman in the drive-thru lane, police said.

Batavia Police contacted the Kane County State's Attorney's Office, who authorized the following charges on Schulz:

  • One count of Attempted Armed Robbery (Class 1 Felony)

If convicted of a Class 1 Felony, Schulz could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, according to sentencing guidelines in the state statute.

Schulz is currently being held at the Batavia Police Department. He awaits a bond call hearing scheduled for today, Wednesday, July 11.

Schulz is a Batavia High School graduate, according to his Facebook page.

A phone message left at a listed number for the Schulz residence on Houston Street was not immediately returned Tuesday night.

No further details were available on this incident.

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sam July 13, 2012 at 05:57 AM
all im going to say is that he made a mistake. not a good one but it only makes him human. he is a good kid and if you don't know him then you shouldn't even comment on this at all.
Jim G July 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM
You know he did make a mistake at the age of 20.. You people need to comment on Steve LeMaire the 55 year old city asshiole that took $28000.00 from us… That’s who you people should be make crappy comments about. This kid made one mistake LaMaire was steeling for a period of 5 or 6 year and took from everyone in the city of Geneva that pays taxes…
Batavia Resident July 20, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Josh West: I would have loved to see you at the age of 20 and seen the mistakes you have made. No one is perfect in this world. Yes, Zach made a mistake, but that is no reason to ridicule him. I to was in high school with him and he is in fact a kid who is kind and the type of person I would still bring around my family. Josh: You are a rude human being. Calling people "white trash" on the internet is a real showing of your character. I would pick Zach any day over you to be around.
Bob Baty-Barr August 02, 2012 at 11:14 PM
a lot of people make mistakes at 20, but they don't usually involve a weapon and robbery... Well unless you are need money to save yourself or family from starving... Or you are just a plain, common criminal. Oh, and for the record, most great kids don't attempt armed robbery.
just a friend August 16, 2012 at 02:41 AM
You're right, Bob Baty-Barr, most great kids don't attempt armed robbery. [Oh, and for the record,] most great kids DO acknowledge when they've done wrong and take the appropriate steps to assume responsibility for their actions. And that's exactly what Zach did.

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