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Construction workers successfully take down bank robber

By Mason White 5:39 AM August 21, 2013
Frazer Piccolo 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A group of construction workers showed they had some real muscle after hunting down a bank robber and holding him down until police arrived, according to police reports in Oregon.

Portland Police said that a man, who allegedly robbed a bank, had a very bad day.
Police said Frazer Piccolo, 44, entered the Bank of the West, located at 8135 SE Division Street, at 10:45 am, on Monday, and passed a note to a worker demanding money.

Piccolo then took off, got into a taxi and tried to leave the area, police said. While in the back seat of the taxi, a dye pack included with the money exploded.

Investigators said Piccolo had red paint all over his hands.

That is when police said Piccolo got out of the taxi and began to flee on the 7900 block of Southeast Grant Street. However, a group of construction workers realized what was going down.

Detectives said the workers saw the man running from a taxi with his hands covered in red paint. Some of them made the correct assumption that he had just robbed a bank.

The construction workers ran after Piccolo and when they caught up with him he actually took a shot at one of them with his red paint covered hand. Luckily, that blow missed, however, but a shot by one of the construction workers did not.

Police said Piccolo fell to the ground and stayed there until police arrived.
Piccolo was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on a federal hold order, and authorities plan to charge him with bank robbery.