Bank Robbery Ends With Suicide, Bomb Squad

The robber killed himself as police closed in

By Andrew Greiner
|  Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010  |  Updated 2:20 PM CDT
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Bomb technicians responded to a bank robbery earlier Tuesday.

Bomb technicians responded to a bank robbery earlier Tuesday.

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An attempted bank robbery ended Tuesday morning with a "Hurt Locker" style bomb disposal scene and a suicide on the West Side.

The armed thief attempted to hold up a teller at a Bank of America branch at 2545 West Devon Avenue at around 9:00 a.m.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of money the thief fled, said FBI spokeswoman Cynthia Yates in a statement. He got into a taxi cab that was waiting for him outside the bank.

A police officer followed the cab westbound and pulled it over at Western north of Catalpa. As the officer approached the vehicle, the man allegedly fatally shot himself.

Afterward bomb squad agents dressed in full protective gear investigated a brief case that the man left at the scene. Using a robotic assistant, agents exploded the briefcase as a precautionary measure, but no bomb was found inside.

The identity of the robber is not known at this time, Yates said.

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