Joke text leads to bank robbery response

Dec. 20, 2012 at 4:21 PM
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CHICAGO, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A Chicago-area woman called 911 after her daughter texted, in what turned out to be a joke gone wrong, that she was being held by two escaped bank robbers.

Orlando Park Police Commander John Keating said the teenager and her mother were swapping text messages Thursday morning when the daughter said she was going to the bank. Her mother responded with a warning to be on the lookout for two convicted bank robbers who escaped Monday from a federal prison in downtown Chicago.

The daughter jokingly replied, "They're here, they have guns" -- but her mom didn't realize it was a joke and called 911.

Police responded to the Marquette Bank branch in full force only to find nothing was amiss, a bank spokesman told the Chicago Tribune.

"I think we take every 911 call seriously, and we respond as we would if we had no fugitives that were still outstanding," Keating said.

Orlando Park police had been assisting in the manhunt for the two escaped prisoner, Joseph "Jose" Banks and Kenneth Conley. The FBI has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to their capture.

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