Police find Chase Bank robbery suspect stuck in garbage chute
Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:00:54 GMT —
Syracuse Police say a man got stuck inside a garbage chute after allegedly robbing a bank in downtown Syracuse around 9:25 a.m. Thursday morning.
Police say the suspect robbed the Chase Bank located at the corner of West Fayette Street and South Salina Street. Police later identified the suspect as 26-year-old Robin Gurtherage of Syracuse.
The suspect entered the bank and gave the teller a threatening note that demanded money. After getting the money, the suspect left the bank. Police say several customers were in the bank at the time of the robbery but no one was hurt.
Police say they were searching for the suspect in a building at 550 South Clinton Street. Police say that while officers were searching the building, a maintenance worker notified officers that he could hear someone calling out for help from a garbage chute in the basement of the building.
When police located the man, he was seriously injured, but conscious. The Fire Department freed the man from the garbage shoot. He was taken to Upstate University Hospital. His condition is listed as critical.
Police say itâ??s possible the suspect climbed in the garbage chute on the 21st floor and fell all 21 floors to the bottom of the chute.
Syracuse Police arrested Gurtherage in connection to the bank robbery. He will be charged with third degree robbery when he is released from the hospital.
They say he was found to still have some of the money from the bank on him when he was removed from the garbage chute.
The investigation is continuing.