A suspected bank robber was captured after he went crashing through the rooftop of a San Francisco apartment house early Friday as he attempted to elude police, authorities said.
San Francisco Police Sgt. Wilfred Williams said the suspect – identified by police as 33-year-old John Franklin of San Francisco -- triggered a silent alarm inside a Bank of America branch in San Francisco's Portola neighborhood at about 3:45 a.m.
Williams said Franklin allegedly forced his way into the bank through the roof using a crowbar.
Arriving officers spooked Franklin as he allegedly attempted to break into an ATM machine inside the bank and he fled back through the roof.
A rooftop of search of nearby buildings began and Franklin was located on the top of an apartment house two buildings from the bank.
He was ordered to stand and surrender. As Franklin did, he fell through the roof into an apartment. He was uninjured in the fall and was quickly taken into custody.
“They (the residents of the apartment) were a little scared,” Williams said. “It’s 4:30 in the morning and you hear some creaking and them someone is coming through your roof.”
Heather Azucar said she heard Franklin come crashing into her apartment.
"We heard scuffling in the laundry room and so we kept our doors locked," she told KTVU. "Police couldn't find anything when they went through our building and I told them about a nook- an attic space and that's where they found him."
Williams said in all his years with the department this was one of the most unusual ends to a bank robbery he has encountered.
“I’ve responded to several different silent alarm calls at banks, but this is the first time when someone fell through a roof,” he said.
Investigators were sweeping the bank, looking for clues and trying to find out if anything was stolen.
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