Construction workers take down bank robber

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An alleged bank robber who tried to flee in a taxi jumped out of the cab when the dye pack exploded on his hands and was detained by construction workers in the area until police arrived.

Outside a Bank of the West branch on Southeast Division Street. Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. (Lory Olson/KOIN 6 News)
Outside a Bank of the West branch on SE Division St. on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. (Lory Olson/KOIN 6 News)

Around 10:45 a.m., the man went into the Bank of the West, 8135 SE Division Street, and gave the teller a note demanding money. He got the money and quickly left the bank.

A cab driver told KOIN 6 News he picked up the suspect — Frazer Scott Piccolo — prior to the robbery and drove him to the bank. He said that a few minutes after entering, the suspect came running out with a bag of money that contained an exploded red dye pack.

While in the backseat, police said, the dye pack exploded and covered his hands with red paint. He jumped out of the cab and started running in the 7900 block of SE Grant Street.

Construction workers in the area noticed the man running down the street with red paint on his hands and figured he may have just robbed a bank. As they confronted him, the alleged robber swung and missed at one of them. The construction worker punched the man and knocked him down.

They held him until police arrived.

Piccolo is currently in the Multnomah County Jail but will face federal bank robbery charges.

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