Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Radio Appeal Costs Chubbuck Freedom.

Byline: Guillermo Contreras Journal Staff Writer

Bank Robber Wounded Fleeing Police Stakeout

An attempt by fugitive bank robber Byron Shane Chubbuck to take his case to the public over the radio this week ended up doing him in.

Albuquerque police Detective Richard Lewis shot Chubbuck in the chest outside a mobile home in the Northeast Heights after police and federal agents picked up the trail of a man who delivered a letter from Chubbuck to an Albuquerque radio station.

Chubbuck was escorted by police to an Albuquerque hospital, where he remained in satisfactory condition and under heavy guard. Police said he was armed with a semiautomatic weapon at the time of the shooting.

Police said Chubbuck dubbed Robin the Hood by the FBI used an acquaintance on Monday to send a handwritten letter to KZRR-FM 94 Rock. The letter accused authorities of lying, an FBI agent of trying to kill him and a Santa Fe jail guard of brutalizing inmates.

Chubbuck, 33, also called the station that day and made similar allegations to morning show host TJ Trout. In his call, Chubbuck warned authorities that he was heavily armed and that he was "ready for anything."

The interview was broadcast Tuesday, sharpening the attention of police who had been trying for weeks to recapture the robber, who escaped Dec. 21.

They got the break they needed. …

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