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Cooperative Bank Robbery Foiled by Good Samaritan

A customer noticed the robbery in progress and tackled the robber in the parking lot.

Authorities caught with a little help from an alert (and brave) bystander.

Jim Andrea told WHDH that he happened to be in the this morning to cash a check when he noticed the robber’s wig and the fear in the cashier’s eyes.

When the robber left the bank, Andrea told 7 News, he tackled him in the parking lot and pinned him there until police arrived.

“I just kept his hands away from his belt,” Andrea said. “I didn’t know if he had a knife or a gun.”

Andrea told the station that the tussle felt like it lasted a long time, but probably only extended about three minutes.

Chris Bulger, a passerby, caught a photo of the scene shortly after the robbery. The shot appears to show evidence of Andrea’s handiwork: the robber’s wig—which Bulger noted looked a bit like a dead cat.

The suspect Andrea detained, Robert Krol, 32 of Charlestown, was held today and will be arraigned tomorrow on multiple charges, according to the District Attorney's office. The bank reopened shortly after the incident.

Lisa McGoff Collins June 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM
just have to say, I agree with a few on here. Drugs are an addiction, this person chose to go on drugs, no-one forced him, his problem. Robbing a bank, definitely against the law, so lets' say someone in the bank had a heart attack, and died while this Illegal act was going on, and it was your Great Aunt, or Someone you knows Grandmother, whatever would you still feel bad for the Bank Robber? This kid needs help, this was obviously a desperate cry, maybe he will get help now and his family can rest knowing that he is is somewhere getting it. We also have a couple of bank robbers in our family, they did the crime, they did the time, and now they are doing fine . Let us hope the same happens to this young man. And about Jimmy Andrea, good for you! a little dangerous, but thank you for being a good citizen. Just saying!!!
Jen.Krol June 22, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Why dont ppl mind theyre fuckin business...... as someone rlse said.. let his family deal with it. Drugs or not... who knows his reasons..... isnt there anyone else ppl want to gossip about... move it on....
Townie Citizen June 23, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Townie Citizen 11:58 am on Saturday, June 23, 2012 Until we start teaching these little kids that there are other ways to get high instead of chemical high, we will see much more crime and drug abuse in our community. The key is to put some programs in place that won't get cut . sports is great however there are a lot of kids that don't do sports, as a community we somewhat limit ourselves to sports we have a neighborhood council why can't we as a community come up with different programs for these kids . we have a Drug problem and if anyone says differently they would be lying, better the parks and do arts in the park, storytime or picnic in the park we need families to come out and spend time in the community. we need to get some older youth to go around and help the elderly who can't fix up their gardens and around their house put these kids to work make them earn their way into the community then maybe they will think differently in destroying it there is no direction for these kids they have too much time on their hands to get into trouble. Good Job Jimmy.....
stevieB June 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Who cares if he's a townie? Oooooooh I'm from Charlestown..big deal...well people would mind business if he didn't commit crimes involving society..he's an animal and should be locked up..could care less about his addiction..go tell deval Patrick or some other bleeding liberal.
Paula Smith MacDonald June 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM
well said.... and it's the hardworking people who pay taxes that support these cases...

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