Bandit Caught Red-Handed After CURobbery

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - (06/20/05) -- A would-be robber was captured ashort while after he entered AAA FCU, asked for cash then grabbed ahandful of money from the teller, setting off a dye-pack explosionhidden in the cash as he ran out to an assumed getaway car. But thesuspect then jumped out of the back seat of the car and ran downthe street with red dye splattered all over him, police said. Thesuspect, identified as a career petty criminal, was arrested ashort time after the foiled heist hiding in some nearby bushes.Police said the 42-year-old suspect has committed bank robberies inthe past, including a 1994 incident where he left a demand note,written on the back of a hospital form complete with his name andaddress, on the bank counter. The three men who were waiting in thecar outside the credit union had no knowledge of or involvement inthe robbery, police said. The driver of the car had agreed to givethe suspect a ride to a bank, where he was told the man was goingto deposit a check.

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