Police: Search for Bank Robbery Suspect Ends in Air Duct

Oak Lawn Police confirm that bank robbery suspect is in custody after 11-hour standoff.

OUTSIDE CHICAGO, IL -- Police SWAT teams nabbed a man suspected of robbing an Oak Lawn bank on Saturday afternoon after an 11-hour standoff.

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Around 2:14 p.m. Saturday, Two bank employees were handcuffed with zip ties. The alleged bandit escaped through the ceiling with an undisclosed amount of cash, Oak Lawn Police Division Chief Michael Kaufmann said.

Kaufmann confirmed that police had a person in custody around 1 a.m. Sunday.

Kaufmann said that SWAT team members from the FBI and South Suburban Emergency Response Team located the bank robbery suspect trapped in an air duct after a methodical search of the ceiling on the second floor of the shopping center where the bank is located, Chicago Breaking News reported.

The alleged bandit was wedged so tight inside the duct that he had to be cut out, Kaufmann said.

Police believed the robbery suspect was still in the building because of that led to different parts the second floor.

Pulaski Road reopened around 1 a.m. after being closed for much of the afternoon and evening.

anthony June 04, 2012 at 07:51 PM
No one has to say it ..The statistics say it... How to correct it ...Generationally
Tammie S. June 04, 2012 at 08:06 PM
@Dave W.-its being more than insinuated, its being blatently said, as evidenced by Anthony and others posts......what a sad commentary on this country in 2012. Unfortunately, I'm not surprised...I refuse to get into a war of words about 'statistics ' or beliefs but one more thought -how many people would have posted comments if the article HADN'T mentioned the race of the criminal?
Dave W. June 04, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I have a better question for you, Tammie S.: How many cowards would post responses if we all had to use our reall names? (anthony was posting some 'brilliant' things on the Tinley Patch thread about the kefluffle at Ashford House too...very enlightened he is.)
Lorraine Swanson June 05, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Patch mentioned the race of the alleged bank robber because at the time, it wasn't known if he was still holed up in the bank or at large. What if he escaped the dragnet? He could have been running around the neighborhood. The news report required a physical description. Patch, and I as a journalist, do not mention race, creed or religion in crime news reports, unless it is a factor in the story, such as a hate crime or when community safety is at risk or threatened.
mom June 05, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Tammie, If some bank robber got away from the police. I would expect a code red phone call to my home from the police dept with a description of the man.or woman. I have a right to know weather I am looking out for a white, yellow ,black, or purple loose bank robber. My rights come before racial sensitivities.


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