An attempted bank robbery in Oak Lawn took an unexpected turn when police had to take a break from arresting the suspect to focus on freeing him.
Police say an armed man entered the Bank of America branch at 111th and South Pulaski through the ceiling around 2 p.m. Saturday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The man zip tied two employees, grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled on foot.
Federal agents and a SWAT team were called to the scene, and learned from witnesses that the suspect had fled into a nearby strip mall, according to WGN. After hours of searching overnight, agents located the robber around 12:30 a.m. Sunday in a nearby business.
"Swat team members from the south suburban emergency response team, located the robber on the second floor in an air duct vent wedged so tight that they had to cut him out of the vent," Michael Kaufmann, division chief, Oak Lawn police, told ABC Chicago.
The FBI is handling the ensuing investigation, and federal bank robbery charges are pending against the suspect, NBC Chicago reports. No one was injured during the 10-hour standoff.