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Robbery Suspect Fleeing on Bicycle Doesn't Get Far

Associated Press

May 28, 2010

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A man robbed an Anchorage bank and escaped on a bicycle but didn’t get far, police said Thursday.

The suspect crashed his bike into a patrol car, slid across the hood and took off running but was detained half a block away five minutes after the robbery, Anchorage Police Lt. Dave Parker said.

Police identified the suspect as Christopher Todd Mayer, 45, of Anchorage. He was turned over to the FBI, which will conduct the investigation.

Mayer had not been formally charged as of Thursday afternoon, and it was unknown if he had an attorney.

Police took a call at 1:15 p.m. from a customer who saw a man wearing a camouflage bandanna confront a teller at a downtown Wells Fargo bank branch. The witness reported hearing the man say, “This is a robbery. Give me the money fast.”

The teller stuffed money into the man’s backpack.

“There was a weapon implied,” Parker said. “No weapon was seen.”

A second witness told a police dispatcher the man’s getaway vehicle was a bicycle.

Officer Aaron Roberts, responding to a holdup alarm, spotted a bicyclist several blocks away passing through an intersection. The cyclist wore a camouflage bandanna around his neck.

He refused to stop, police said, so Roberts chased him until he could maneuver his car into the bike’s path.

The suspect didn’t slow down and struck the patrol car, Parker said. The bicyclist slid over the hood but lost his backpack. “He ended in a heap with his money pouring out of his pack,” Parker said.

The man did not seem fazed, Parker said.

“It didn’t hurt him at all,” he said. “He popped up and ran away.”

Roberts, who stays in shape with martial arts, ran him down after about a half block, Parker said.

Witnesses from the bank identified Mayer as the suspect, Parker said.

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    I am breaking up here....He going to get all the help he needs now!

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    SuzanneNGa

    about 4 years ago

    16562 Comments

    LOL I just had to revisit this article to get a good laugh in!

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    CAZ

    about 4 years ago

    1428 Comments

    I wish they would have posted the Subject's pic. I bet he has a face only a mother could love. LOL Great get away plan hahahahahahahahahahaha

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    s3sk

    about 4 years ago

    3308 Comments

    In Vermont, a man escaped on a bicycle when he robbed a bank. It was ridiculous. Glad they got this guy.

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    rsironron

    about 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    This was just to funny and as rhood said this clown needs another line of work.

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    SuzanneNGa

    about 4 years ago

    16562 Comments

    LOL oh my gosh, so funny!

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    Perl

    about 4 years ago

    1498 Comments

    I LOVE IT! Another way to stop a felon! Cool points to the copper!
    ~Wf

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    KAICHARESE

    about 4 years ago

    2762 Comments

    lol i got a good laugh out of this.

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    rhood

    about 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    This clown might want to try a new line of work cause bank robbing isn't working out well for him.

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    Collegecop_WA

    about 4 years ago

    2380 Comments

    Well gotta give this mutt credit... at least he made it easy and entertaining for the responding officers to catch him!

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