Police Arrest Bank Robber After 10 Hour Manhunt

Updated 6/3/12 at 10:16 a.m.

OAK LAWN, Ill. (CBS) —After a standoff that lasted more than 10 hours, police in Oak Lawn and the FBI say they arrested a bank robber – after getting him out of a ceiling air duct.

The division chief of the Oak Lawn Police, Michael Kaufmann, says the bank robber cut through the roof over the bank to get in – and had to go through six inches of concrete.

Kaufmann says it’s likely the robber knew something about the bank – or knew somebody who did.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller Reports

And that he started cutting before this weekend.

Kaufmann says the robber dropped down into a secure area of the Bank of America on 111th – tied up two employees – and left through the roof with a duffel bag of cash.

Then Kaufmann says the robber ran to the roof over a nearby office – to hide from police.

“He broke a window to get access to one of the offices, and when he broke the window he cut his hand.”

Kaufmann says police saw the blood – and traced the robber to an air duct. And he says it took some doing to get the robber out.

“In fact, he couldn’t get out and move. He was fortunate (that police were there.) Because if they’d never found him, he could’ve died in there.”

Kaufmann says the bank robber was out and arrested by about 12:30 this morning.

More from Steve Miller
  • http://www.news.medubai.com/fbi-bank-robber-gets-stuck-in-air-duct-for-10-hours-wfmy-news-2/ FBI: Bank Robber Gets Stuck In Air Duct For 10 Hours – WFMY News 2 | Dubai News|Dubai Hotels|Dubai Business

    […] told CBS Station WBBM, that the wig-wearing robber was found wedged so tight in an air duct that he had to be cut […]

  • http://newstalktv24.com/fbi-bank-robber-gets-stuck-in-air-duct-for-10-hours-wfmy-news-2/ News Videos - NEWSTALKTV24.COM

    […] told CBS Station WBBM, that the wig-wearing robber was found wedged so tight in an air duct that he had to be cut […]

  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/06/04/oak-lawn-police-chief-manhunt-for-bank-robber-was-tense-methodical/ Oak Lawn Police Chief: Manhunt For Bank Robber Was ‘Tense,’ Methodical « CBS Chicago

    […] The building, the Ranch Manor Shopping Center, was surrounded by police right after an armed man robbed the Bank of America branch Saturday afternoon. […]

  • http://travel2chicago.us/chicago-news-stories-forjun-03-2012/ Chicago News Stories for Jun 03 2012 : Travel tips, hotels, restaurants, jobs and news | Travel 2 Chicago

    […] Depot stops by to talk with Kim Vatis about tips to keep your home safe while traveling this summer.Manhunt Under Way Following Oak Lawn Bank RobberyOak Lawn police have started a manhunt following a bank robbery earlier Saturday afternoon in the […]

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Weather Reports Delivered To You!SIGN UP NOW: Get daily weather reports every morning from meteorologist Steve Baskerville!
CBS Sports Radio RoundupGet your latest sports talk from across the country.

Listen Live