MEDFORD, Ore. — A suspected bank robber is caught in less than an hour Tuesday afternoon. Medford police say another man was involved but had no idea he was an accomplice.
Police say it all started around 1:15 p.m. The Chase Bank on Crater Lake Avenue reported a man came in, demanded money and got away with cash. Witnesses got a good look at the car he left in. It was a county-issued car with the Jackson County Mental Health Department. At first, police thought someone might have stolen the vehicle but they quickly learned it was a mental health case worker who was out with his client, Nicholas York.
The case worker told police he did not realize York was going into Chase Bank to commit a robbery.
“I mean, witnesses actually told us, the getaway vehicle was really trying not to get away quickly. It was very nonchalant, driving very slowly through the parking lot and lawfully. They thought that that was rather odd,” said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.
After talking with the case worker, police contacted York at Cedar Lodge where he was staying. He came out of his room peacefully. They found all of the stolen bank money in his motel room.
Officers do not know what type of mental health condition York has but says he can function with little assistance. They say he has an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Clackamas County for possession of marijuana.