A 12-hour standoff in Oak Lawn ended early Sunday morning when police cut the alleged bank robber stuck out of air ducts in which he had tried to hide, police said.
The suspect was taken into custody without any physical resistance, Oak Lawn Police Department Division Chief Michael Kaufmann said.
SWAT members from the South Suburban Emergency Response Team, Cook County Sheriff and FBI assisted by Chicago (police) located the bank robbery offender “hiding in an air duct so tight he had to be cut out of the duct. The location was a second floor ceiling in the middle of the center,” Kaufmann said in a email press release early Sunday monring.
The suspect robbed the Bank of America branch near the 11100 block of South Pulaski Road a bit after 2 p.m., according to Oak Lawn Police Cmdr. Thomas Simon. The bank is at 4046 W. 111th St. in Oak Lawn.
FBI agents also responded, according to an emailed statement from FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde.
According to Hyde, the heist occurred about 2 p.m. when a man described by witnesses as being in his 20s entered the bank while brandishing a handgun and announced a robbery.
He left the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, and police searched all afternoon before locating him.