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Police arrest suspect in Boulder robbery

11:11 AM, Mar 22, 2013   |    comments
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BOULDER - Boulder Police arrested the suspect involved in a robbery at FirstBank just before 5 p.m. on March 21.

James William Cranfill, 55, was arrested near the Municipal Campus after investigators developed information on the suspect's identity from a Crime Stopper's tip.

The bank robbery occurred on Saturday, March 16 at 9:17 a.m. at the FirstBank branch located at 2835 Pearl St. The suspect walked up to a teller, then produced a bag and a note which demanded cash. The teller complied and the suspect fled the building.

Police publicized a surveillance photo from the robbery, and that photo led to the Crime Stopper's tip.

On March 21, a two-officer plain clothes unit spotted Cranfill and began surveillance. The plain clothes officers called for uniformed officers when Cranfill parked his car in the parking lot between the Municipal Building and the Boulder Public Library. The uniformed officers had not yet arrived when Cranfill exited his car and began moving quickly from the Canyon side of the Municipal Campus toward the Arapahoe side of the Municipal Campus. The plain clothes officers identified themselves as Boulder police officers, at which point the suspect began running away from them and into a large crowd of onlookers. The suspect fell down and the plain clothes officers began to gain control of him. The suspect continued to struggle, yell and resist arrest.

A large crowd of people began to surround the officers and the suspect. They were hostile to the officers as they tried to gain control of the suspect. A male in the crowd lifted up a nearby bicycle and threatened to strike one of the police officers with it. He ran away when police instructed him to stay back.

Once the suspect was subdued, he feigned a heart attack and was taken to the hospital to be checked out. He was later transported to the Boulder County Jail.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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