A man tried to rob an armored car with a sledgehammer but its driver fiercely fought back and shot the suspect on Saturday morning in the Southwest Side Little Village neighborhood.
FBI spokesman Garrett Croon said that the drive
r was making a delivery around 9:30 a.m. at a currency exchange in the 4300 block of West 26th Street when the male suspect wearing a construction vest hit him with a sledgehammer in order to rob him. The driver works for the Garda armored car service.
Croon said that the suspect ran away after the driver shot him. However, he was not able to completely escape as he was spotted a short while later in a vehicle in a nearby intersection by the authorities and taken into custody by the Chicago police.
Police said they brought the suspect to the Mount Sinai Hospital where he is in a critical condition from the shots he incurred.
Croon also said that the gallant Garda employee suffered wounds that are not life-threatening.
It is not clear whether the driver was alone in the armored car when he made the delivery to the exchange currency, and if he traveled without a security detail.
The authorities have yet to release the identity of the suspect, and no charges have been filed yet, given his critical condition in the hospital.
It is also not clear whether the suspect randomly waited for any armored car to arrive at the scene to rob, or if the crime was planned and that particular Garda vehicle was targeted from the start. The authorities did not report any possible companions, however,for the suspect.
It was not specified yet if authorities have already looked at surveillance video within the area where the robbery attempt happened.
The case continues to be investigated by the FBI by Saturday afternoon.