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Off-duty Hub cop captures suspect in bank robbery
by Tom Farmer
Wednesday, February 12, 2003

An off-duty Boston police officer collared a bank robber at gunpoint in Westwood, preventing the recently released ex-con from fleeing with more than $10,000, appreciative Westwood police said.

William Hunt, 49, of Boston, is being held without bail after Boston officer Jason Gilmore arrested him Monday afternoon moments after Hunt allegedly robbed the Cambridgeport Bank branch inside the Roche Bros. supermarket on Washington Street.

``We're very grateful he was where he was (Monday) and had the street smarts and the wherewithal to take this guy down,'' said Westwood police Sgt. Christopher Sheehy.

Gilmore was walking into the supermarket shortly before 1 p.m. when he observed Hunt being chased into the parking lot by two young men who work at the store. Sheehy said Gilmore instantly realized what was happening and quickly detained Hunt until Westwood officers arrived.

Westwood police plan to send a letter of commendation to BPD Commissioner Paul F. Evans, and Sheehy said the two Roche Bros. employees, whom he declined to identify because they are witnesses, will also be recognized for their heroic actions.

The robber, who Sheehy said was masked, vaulted a counter at the small bank branch, pushed a female teller to the floor and grabbed a bag that sources said contained more than $10,000.

Sheehy said Hunt had recently been paroled from jail where he was serving time for a burglary conviction and was ordered held without bail after being arraigned Monday in Dedham District Court.

The Greater Boston area has been plagued with bank robberies this year and Evans said his department is in the midst of an intensified effort to reverse the trend.

``We're very proud of Officer Gilmore's actions,'' Evans said yesterday of the nine-year officer who works in West Roxbury. ``They reflect very favorably on our department and it's not uncommon to see our officers getting involved in situations like this.''

I know this officer, he's a great guy and an awesome cop...typical Jason. :cool:
 
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