Masked "Bill Clinton" Bank Robber Bolts From NY Hospital
The guy who bolted from the hospital once robbed a bank wearing a Bill Clinton mask.
Updated at 12:45 PM EST on Saturday, Jun 5, 2010
A New York man accused of robbing a bank in a Bill Clinton mask tried to escape while undergoing tests for throat cancer at a hospital.
Police say John Ryan was tackled at Westchester Medical Center as he bolted through a door.
Two correction officers suffered minor injuries stopping the 59-year-old as he tried to escape Friday.
Ryan is on parole for a previous bank robbery and is charged with robbing a Bank of America in October in Callicoon, about 100 miles northwest of New York City.
Police say he threatened to detonate an explosive and made off with $80,000 before his getaway car was pulled over.
Ryan had been negotiating a deal to plead guilty and be released on bail before sentencing to be treated for the cancer. Authorities say he's a flight risk.
Published at 12:30 PM EST on Jun 5, 2010
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