Community reacts to fugitive's capture

September 18, 2009 8:14:45 PM PDT
An escaped convict Robert Maday was back in custody Friday evening after more than a day on the loose.Maday was captured after crashing a stolen vehicle in the western suburbs. He was injured in the crash and was treated at Central DuPage hospital.

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The capture ended a tense, two-day manhunt that began Thursday morning when Maday escaped while being transported from the jail in Kankakee to the court house in Rolling Meadows.

He surfaced again Friday, allegedly carjacking a woman at gunpoint in Hoffman Estates. Hours later he allegedly robbed a bank in Bloomingdale, the same bank he pled guilty to robbing last year.

Maday's 24 hours on the run ended in West Chicago Friday afternoon.

"It's a good ending to a potentially bad incident," said Kim Widup, US Marshal Service.

Fugitive Robert Maday evaded authorities in several north west suburban suburbs after over powering Cook County state's attorney investigators Thursday.

Early Friday, Maday allegedly carjacked a gray Volkswagon Jetta as a woman arrived to work in Hoffman Estates.

"It's about two blocks away, and at about the same time he was over here, my son was walking to the bus stop. So, yeah, pretty scary," said Laurie Maas, who lives nearby.

An area office complex was partially closed after the incident. Dr. Cameron Clark's patients had to be rerouted to get in for appointments.

"[I am] relieved that it's over. Knowing that he was sticking around is kind of creepy to think about," said Dr. Clark of the Advanced Physical Medicine Rehab.

At approximately, 9 a.m. Friday, Maday allegedly robbed the First American Bank in Bloomingdale, allegedly a bank he had robbed previously.

Two receptionists of Platinum Salon and Spa were on the scene Friday and the last time the bank was robbed.

"Who knows where else he could have been going? To rob more banks or hijack more people's cars? And it could have turned violent," said the spa's Amanda Sweetman.

"I'm glad they got him. Because they're chasing him throughout the streets and traffic was backed up. It was dangerous," the spa's Tiffany White said.

Friday evening, the bank in Bloomingdale, as well as several other businesses, had reopened and were conducting business as usual.


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