Boulder bank robbery suspect faked heart attack during arrest, police say

BOULDER, Colo. - A man suspected of robbing a Boulder bank faked a heart attack during his arrest, police say.

James William Cranfill, 55, struggled with police as he was being handcuffed near the Boulder Municipal Building on Thursday, The Daily Camera reports. Authorities say he then faked a heart attack and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Cranfill is accused of entering the FirstBank at the corner of Pearl and 28th streets March 16 at 9:13 a.m. and handing a teller a note demanding money. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Cranfill was seen by two plainclothes police officers on Thursday just before 5 p.m., the newspaper reports. The officers confronted Cranfill, and he ran into a large crowd of onlookers, where he fell down.

When the officers arrested him, he struggled and yelled, and some people in the crowd were hostile toward the officers, according to the newspaper. One of the people in the crowd lifted up a bicycle and threatened to hit one of the officers with it, police told the newspaper.

Cranfill then feigned a heart attack. He was taken to a hospital, then cleared and taken to the Boulder County Jail. He faces charges of robbery, identity theft, obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest and failure to appear in court.

Boulder police are still investigating and have asked anyone with information to contact Detective Kurt Foster at 303-441-4329 or submit an anonymous tip to Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 800-444-3776 or

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