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Police nab Cudahy ATM robbery suspect

Police nab Cudahy ATM robbery suspect

By Steve Chamraz. CREATED Mar 14, 2012 - UPDATED: Mar 14, 2012

CUDAHY- Alex Doany never had a second thought about grabbing some cash from the Chase ATM on Layton Avenue last Thursday night.

But Doany had no way of knowing who was waiting for him.

"Before I knew it, there was a gentleman -- gentleman, yeah right --a guy that ran up and started stabbing at me," Doany recounted Wednesday afternoon on his front porch.

Doany was on his way home from work around 11 p.m. on March 8 when he stopped to take $40 from his bank account.

He told police that once the cash was dispensed, a man armed with a small kitchen knife appeared from nowhere.

"He came over, just running with a knife and started stabbing at me." Doany said.  "I said 'take the money.'  He took the money and just ran off south."

Doany called 9-1-1, filed a police report and thought that was the end of it.

Until the combination of good police work and good timing prevented another robbery from taking place.

According to a search warrant application written by Cudahy Police, an officer driving by the bank the very next night noticed a man standing near the ATM and hidden behind a brick wall.

The warrant application says officers questioned that man as to why he was lurking around the bank and then discovered a small kitchen knife nearby.

The man was taken into custody on an traffic warrant and has not yet been charged in connection with the robbery.

Court records show the suspect is on probation for a 1999 strong arm robbery and has a 1995 arrest for armed robbery.

Knowing the man's history has Doany looking at this a very different light.

"I was actually very angry.  I was still in shock," Doany said.  "It wasn't until the next day that I was actually afraid.  He could have killed me."

 

Steve Chamraz

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When he joined TODAY’S TMJ4 in 2011, Steve Chamraz returned to the place where his career began. These days, Steve anchors “Live at 3:00” and “Live at 4:00” and contributes to the TODAY’S TMJ4 I-Team.