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Bank robber survives 21-floor fall during escape attempt

When police searched the building, they heard cries for help coming from the trash compactor in the basement.
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A bank robber fleeing from police in Syracuse, NY, has survived a 21-floor fall down a garbage chute. (Justin Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images)

A bank robber fleeing from police in Syracuse, NY, has survived a 21-floor fall down a garbage chute while making his escape.

Robin Gutheridge, 26, ran into a nearby apartment building after robbing a Chase Bank branch on Thursday.

When police searched the building, a maintenance worker directed them to cries for help coming from the trash compactor in the basement. Gutheridge told police he had climbed into the garbage chute to hide.

"He was able to slow himself down by holding the sides of chute, and the garbage may have cushioned the fall, but he did get severe injuries," Sgt. Tom Connellan told the Associated Press. Police estimated he fell about 210 feet.

Gutheridge is now in the intensive care unit at Upstate University Hospital suffering from fractures and internal injuries. He’s listed in critical condition.

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