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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.

Barney June 03, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Job well done OLPD and all other agencies involved. I also like to see the comments here have a name attached to it. Except the neg. one has to hide his name. Back to my point Job Well Done
Russ Petrick June 03, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Nice to see all the appreciative comments for the outstanding job done by ALL the personnel involved. It's easy for someone like STM to arm chair quarterback from the comfort of his home not knowing all the facts and conditions. I grew up in Oaklawn before all this kind of nonsense started and always felt safe. After reading this story, I wouldn't hesitate to move back if given the chance.
QC June 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Thank you First Responders for always being there to help others! Well done.
Bob June 03, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I was out getting petitions signed in that area on Saturday, and people told me they'd received phone "area alerts" about the incident. People stayed home and away from the area under siege. I can't say this often, but this seems to have been tax dollars well spent!
J. J. Zurek June 03, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Another Atta Boy, for the Law Enforcement Personnel, who did another fantastic job, while keeping everyone else safe and sound, even though in a few days no one will remember anything, especially when it come to discussing a new contract with the employers of these men and women in blue.
Katie June 03, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Great Job Oak Lawn Police! Thank You for keeping us safe.
bitterbrowns June 03, 2012 at 05:39 PM
sounds like a scene straight out a film, except he got nabbed which really a sucky ending.
Rose Duffy June 03, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I wish they had a "like" button on patch Russ.
Rose Duffy June 03, 2012 at 05:49 PM
what????
tazzmann June 03, 2012 at 05:56 PM
It is refreshing to hear about positive police work instead of the normal bashing. People forget that the average day of law enforcement means they are always risking their lives for others. This case shows that OLPD and the FBI went the distance until the suspect was in custody. Thank you for a job well done.
Allyn Keenan June 03, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Good Job OL Police. I work in Oak Lawn and whenever they have been needed, they are very quick to respond and ALWAYS professional.
hisham altaher June 03, 2012 at 06:33 PM
thank you olpd and all persons involved for a job well done
ken jenkins June 03, 2012 at 08:06 PM
K J To all involved, Job well done, thank you. Peggy I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that thinks that way about Jesse Jackson & Al Sharpton, you will not hear a word from them.
Dave W. June 03, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Few things:There are more people like STM than any will admit, but that kind of knee-jerk reaction shows just how ignorant (in the literal sense of the word) people can be. Police are many things, and not always perfect, but I have to say, all of my ineractions with the OLPD have been positive. This includes yesterday, right before this mess started. Seven squads (plus ambulance and fire truck) were in front of the office because some idiot bunch of young adults (I refuse to call people who can vote kids) jumped some other guy. The cops tooks the time, sorted out the details, figured out who was to blame, and arrested all but one of the people, because they realized he wasn't guilty of anything but bad friends. I saw the entire thing, and it was all smoothly done, under the eyes of on-lookers and the blaze of the sun. I have NO doubt that the same officers then took part in the hunt for the doofus in the bank. Long day indeed. NOBODY wants to pay more in taxes, but I will say it forever, the best way to protect your biggest investment (your home) is good schools and LOW crime. It isn't that crime will NEVER happen, it is how the police react when it does. Look at the response time of this incident to the far corner of our town, versus say, the thing in Tinley, right on 159th. Not to bash Tinley, but to say that we have some pretty great enforcement in this town, and I wouldn't trade it for Tinley. I thanked them that day when they left here, who knew it would twice? Thanks!
Dave W. June 03, 2012 at 08:42 PM
WHY does EVERY other post have to turn into some thing about race? Those guys aren't here because this guy doesn't deserve defending by anyone. Go reda the Tinley Patch, white people hitting white people is still getting idiots defending racism, being anti-Semitic, being proud white nationalist... This guy was a criminal who probably will use poor personal circumstances to defend criminal behavior. The fact he is black should have nothing to do with the fact he is a criminal (unless you are willing to speak up and say you think all black people are criminals) or the fact that he got caught by determined law enforcement. Always somebody stirring up nonsense. STM blaming police because they didn't do something on STM's apparent timetable, and peggy collins and ken jenkins feeling it is necessary to make this racial. Just thank the police and keep your small mind to yourselves.
PD June 03, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I say Kudos to all of the police and the FBI for a job well done!!!! We even received a phone call today, Sunday, AM to tell us that the guy was caught. We were happy to hear that. Thanks again Oak Lawn Police and FBI.
Sara June 03, 2012 at 08:54 PM
The comment "piggy collins" or whatever your name is! Its not about a black or white thing, and the community WE all live in. what does al and jesse have to do with anything dealing with this???? yea you watch too much TV!!! just be glad everyone was safe!!!!!!! you sound SILLY
Sara June 03, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Oh I also notice EVERYONE made an comment about STM opinion, but no one comment about the weirdo talking about black n white thing LOL, everyone voice their opinion right??! Oh well that was like an movie, shouldve grab some popcorn. this thing happens everyday....the bank robbing ppl everyday wats the difference
Sara June 03, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Oan ken jenkins and piggy collins, PLEEZ dont dare turn it into an racism situation! Because the ONLY difference between the white man robbing is from THEIR office! The black man goes into the bank....its ALL wrong. See maybe two had no kmowledge of the ONLY difference. Hope u learned somethn idiots!
J. J. Zurek June 04, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Sara, what Peggy Collins wrote, does have a lot of truth to it, so give her a break, and I hope that Piggy was a typo and not intentional. Rev. Jesse Lewis Jackson Jr. and the Reverend Al Sharpton do have a Track Record of alleging some sort of racism whenever a Black is Arrested/Killed/Beat Senseless especially if someone other then a Black Person is alleged to be the offender. You are correct this is not a racial incident, but either are 90% or the incidents that those two (2) individuals get themselves involved in, and when they are proven to be as wrong as two (2) left shoes in the same box, you never hear an apology, you never hear an oops, they just keep up the same rhetoric, so even though your comments have a certain amount accuracy, stay politically correct and don't resort to name calling and/or typo's. Remember that the Reverend Jessie Lewis Jackson Jr. and Reverend al Sharpton and the Weathermen on television share a common trait. All of them are wrong 90% of the time. Yet they are always on the television.
RALPH MALPH June 04, 2012 at 04:41 AM
HE IS RIGHT !
Rev June 04, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Freedom of speech is very often shunned in favor of political correctness. We will never all agree on any issue, but we can agree to disagree. The bottom line is, law enforcement performed a job well done.
Kim McNamara June 04, 2012 at 06:32 AM
HAHAHA! Rose, I was looking for a LIKE button too for Russ's response! :)
Tammie S. June 04, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Just a thought -what in the world does someones race have to do with the fact that the idiot ROBBED A BANK? Is it being insinuated that only Black people are criminals? Or that Jackson and Sharpton come running to defend every Black person that does a crime whether they're gulity or not? If so, that's incredibly narrow minded. The fact is that crime -and stupidity, apparently, since this mental midget was caught at the scene of the crime -comes in all colors and not all if us Black people play the race card...just thank the OLPD for the fine job they did and move on, people.
Dave W. June 04, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Yes, Tammie S. THAT is being insinuated. All of it, by more mental midgets than anybody would like to think exist.
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 (Editor) 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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