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‘Tired’ bank robbery fugitive turns himself in

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Corey Frierson / photos from FBI

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Saying he was tired of running, the suspected leader of a group of men who robbed a south suburban bank at gunpoint in 2009 surrendered to the FBI on Tuesday morning, ending a manhunt that lasted more than two years.

Corey Frierson, 27, whose last known address was in Richton Park, had been the subject of a nationwide manhunt since February 2010 when he was charged in a criminal complaint with robbing the First Midwest Bank branch in Country Club Hills, according to the FBI.

But according to the FBI, he called the Chicago office Tuesday morning to turn himself him.

“He called and asked to speak to an investigator and said he was tired of life on the run and wanted to surrender,” FBI Special Agent Ross Rice said. “He surrendered to state authorities at a halfway house and was turned over to the FBI.”

According to the complaint, Frierson was one of three men who committed the Dec. 22, 2009, takeover-style robbery, and was the leader of the group, planning the heist and supplying the two Uzi-style assault weapons used during the robbery. His alleged accomplices are both in custody.

Frierson was last seen in April 2010, near Lexington, Miss., where he was known to have family and friends, the FBI said. He was stopped by a local police officer for a traffic offense, ran from his vehicle and disappeared into the nearby woods. While in Mississippi, Frierson is believed to have made threats to kill police officers, police said.

The search for Frierson received extensive publicity, including a spot on “America’s Most Wanted” and “Chicago’s Most Wanted.”

But Rice said the trail had gone cold until Frierson’s call on Tuesday. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Wednesday and was ordered held without bond.

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