Hardhats tackle bank robbery suspect

Hardhats tackle bank robbery suspect

Hardhats tackle bank robbery suspect

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 5:37 AM

PORTLAND -- A suspected bank robber was arrested Monday after Southeast Portland construction workers stopped him and held him until police arrived.

Police received the report of a robbery just before 11 a.m. inside the Bank of the West at 8135 SE Division St., said Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Frazer Scott Piccolo, 44, reportedly took a cab to the bank and then fled on foot after the robbery with an unknown amount of cash.

Officers responding to the scene learned the suspect was being detained by construction workers a few blocks away from the bank, Simpson said.

According to a witness, the suspect ran through a construction site and somebody yelled, "That guy just robbed a bank!"

The construction workers noticed Piccolo running from a cab with red paint on his hands, Simpson said.

The workers confronted Piccolo, who tried to punch one of them. He missed, and a construction worker hit Piccolo and knocked him to the ground. 

The workers then held Piccolo down until police arrived and took him into custody.

Robbery detectives were investigating the incident.

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