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Police: Bank robber takes swing at construction worker, gets punched

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A man accused of robbing a bank had a real bad day Monday.

Police said Frazer Piccolo, 44, entered the Bank of the West, 8135 SE Division St., at 10:45 a.m. Monday and passed a note to a worker demanding money.

Piccolo then took off, got into a taxi and attempted to leave the area, according to police. While in the backseat of the cab, a dye pack included with the money exploded.

Investigators said Piccolo had red paint all over his hands.

At that point, police said Piccolo got out of the taxi and started running away on the 7900 block of Southeast Grant Street. That's where a group of construction workers took notice.

Detectives said the workers saw the man running from a taxi with his hands covered in red paint. Some of them made the correct assumption he had just robbed a bank.

The construction workers confronted Piccolo and police said he actually took a swing at one of them with his re-painted hand. That punch missed, however, but a shot from one of the construction workers did not.

Police said Piccolo was knocked to the ground and held there until police arrived.

Piccolo was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on a federal hold with formal bank robbery charges pending.

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