Bank robber crashed his bike after hitting speed bump as Chicago cops moved in: feds

Chicago police officers arrested a fleeing North Side bank robber this week when the suspect’s bicycle hit a speed bump and hurled him to the ground, according to a federal complaint. And, thanks to an intrepid CWB reader, we have video of the wipeout for you to enjoy.

Ashanti Ricketts, 40, denied that he robbed the bank, officials said. But the cops say they found a thick stack of cash and the bank’s GPS tracker in his pants pocket.

The robbery occurred at Byline Bank, 6945 North Clark, around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A man wearing a winter coat and mask handed a note to a teller that read, “This a robbery” and told the bank worker to “hurry up,” according to an affidavit filed by an FBI task force member to support bank robbery charges.

After getting $671 and a secreted GPS tracker from the teller, Ricketts ditched his mask and coat and hopped on his bike, the affidavit said. Task force members pinged the tracker and, based on its route and speed, told CPD patrol units that the robber was probably on a bike.

Ashanti Ricketts and a photo of the robbery note. | Chicago Police Department; U.S. District Court records

Cops soon found Ricketts pedaling along near the intersection of Wayne and Farwell, not far from the bank. He sped away when the police officers tried to stop him, the affidavit said, but his efforts were foiled by a speed bump behind the 1200 block of West Pratt. Watch:

Officers scooped Ricketts off the ground and recovered $711 cash and the bank’s tracker from his front left pants pocket, the affidavit said. He denied any involvement in the robbery.

Ricketts has been arrested dozens of times, according to Chicago police records. In 2015, he was charged with burglarizing a Wrigleyville woman’s apartment. The victim chased Ricketts out of her unit one morning. But he returned to the building three days later and got arrested when the woman called 911 again. He received a three-year prison sentence.

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