Sunday, March 8, 2009

Bike Messenger Helps Nab Robber

This is Awesome!!

CHICAGO (STNG) -- A bicycle messenger is being credited with helping catch a man who allegedly robbed a bank using a butter knife Monday afternoon on the North Side.

The 44-year-old man was arrested at 4:30 p.m. at 2000 W. Belmont Ave., according to Shakespeare District police, who were citing preliminary information.

He remains in custody and hasn’t been charged with anything as of 1:15 a.m. but the FBI is investigating whether he may have been involved in other bank robberies, police said.

The robber, armed with a butter knife, is suspected of walking into the North Community Bank, 2800 N Western Ave. and threatening a teller. The suspect allegedly grabbed money from the teller, who was counting it, and fled the bank by jumping into a cab, police said.

A bicycle messenger who saw what was going on began following the cab, which was weaving in and out of traffic. The messenger was able to use a cell phone to call authorities and direct police to where the suspect was, police said.

The messenger’s name was not immediately available but police said he may be considered for some type of recognition for his efforts.

So it is nice that the bike messenger may get some recognition for his efforts.... maybe some folks won't look down on cyclist so much.

til next time


1 comment:

Spencer said...


We are having a bicycle scavenger hunt on Sunday March 15th, 4pm-8pm. Teams are meeting at the State Capital at 4, starting the hunt at 4:30, and ending at the Chris Riley campaign head quarters by 7pm for music spun by Sweet DJ D, food, and winner announcements. Teams made up of 3-5 people will follow clues to 10 different locations around town.

I am a supporter of the Chris Riley Campaign for Austin City Council Place 1. Chris Riley is a native Austinite who has worked and served our city for over a decade. Chris will take action to create green jobs, protect our local businesses, improve public transportation, and preserve our city's character. He is a former chair of the Planning Commission and Downtown Commission, founded Austin CarShare and the Alliance for Public Transportation, started a neighborhood association, and served on the boards of the Austin History Center and the Austin Parks Foundation. Chris is a transportation cyclist. And he has the support of over 700 prominent Austinites. You can learn more about him on his website:

Chris' campaign is working with many people who love our town on some free community events. The purpose of these events is to bring together people who make up vital parts of Austin's character and show that the cultivation of our music & arts, cycling, and sustainable foods scenes need to be a priorities for our City, as they will be if Chris gets elected.

People can fill out this form to participate for free! It'd be awesome if you could participate. Can you also help spread the word on our hunt by posting this on your site? Thank you!



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