Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on August 23, 1972 · Page 8
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August 23, 1972

Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 8

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Alton Evening Telegraph Wednesday, August 23, 1972 A-i) Weird bank robbery foiled Gunman meets cops John Wojtowicz, left, one of two homo- scxuals who took over a Brooklyn, New York bank Tuesday talks with a po- iiceman as another officer at right, drops his weapon to meet the gunman's demand. Wojtowicz demanded the re- lease o[ a man, his "wife" fran tlie psychiatric ward of a local hospital then demanded a plane to fly the throe, of them out of Kennedy Airport. (AP Wirephoto) g Chicago alderman arrested CHICAGO (AP)—Former Chicago Alderman Fred D. Hubbard eluded authorities for more than a year before his luck ran out in a suburban Los Angeles card club, where the FBI arrested him Tuesday on federal embezzling charges. Roy K. Moore, special agent In charge of tha Chicago FBI office, said Hubbard, 42, was on a federal warrant charging on a federal warrant chrging him with embezzling more than $100,000 from the Chicago Plan for Equal Opportunity, Ind. The Chicago Plan was funded under the Equal Opportunity Act of 196-1 to provide training in the construction trade for minority workers. Hubbard was named director of the plan in 1970. He dropped out of sight May 1971. Moore said Hubbard appeared Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate James E. Penne, who set bond at ?50,fJOO. James .R Thompson, U.S. attorney for the northern district of Illinois, said Hubbard was being held in the Los Angeles County Jail. He said he expected little truble in extraditing the former high school teacher to Illinois. In addition to the two- county federal grand jury indictment returned Aug. 11, 1971, Hubbard faces state charges for theft and embezzlement. Jack Schmetterer, an assistant in the Cook County state's attorney's office, said he did not know whether Hubbard would be prosecuted on federal or stale charges or both. Hubbard, who worked as a high school teacher and social with the YMCA after his graduation from the University of Chicago in 1958, challenged the late Rep. William L. Dawson, D-lll., in the 1966 Democratic primary. He lost to Dawson, then one of the nation's most powerful black politicians, but the stage was sef for his challenge to the pocrful Cook County Democratic organization in 1967. ,, He ran as an independent and lost again. But in 1969 Hubbard forged a coalition of youth groups, community organizations and ex-street gang members and took the 2nd Ward seat as an independent. Hubbard then joined the party organization, a move considered a sellout by many of those who put him in office. He contended that working with Mayor Richard J. Daley would achieve the things he wanted for his constituents. It also brought him the Chicago Plan directorship in 1970 arid an easy re - election victory in April 1971. Things started falling apart for Hubbard shortly after the election when slate's af- torney's investigators looked into his affairs after a Chicago Plan check bounced on an account that should have contained $70.000. Investigation of the plan's checking account revea'Ui about a doz-en checks in id« o u t to Hubbard. The validating sij'iKituivs on the checks had been forged. The total amount enibez/l(«l turned out to be $100,715.99. By the t'me the warrants were issued for Ilubbard's a r re.sl, he had dis;i|>|>c;nv.'! During his 15 months of hiding, Hubbard was reported in Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas and California. Labor officials said the Hubbard scondal was the final blow to to Chicago Plan, already faltering under criticism that it had failed to achieve its goals of placing minority workers in the construction trade. Figures released on the program after funding was discontinued in ,lune 1071 showed that only a fraction of ana n- t i c i p a t e d 4,000 minority workers were placed in jobs through the Chicago Plan. Ilubbard's 2nd Ward seat was declared officially abandoned March 29, 1372. William B a r n o 11, a Democratic organization precinct captain, \vnn a special election held Aug. 15 to fill the seat. x Moore said he fac fi s maximum penalties of a ??.Q[iO fine, 'eleven years in prison, or both if com i;:!'.do 11 l;-'n counts of the federal in- dicur.rat. By TOM DIKMKIl NEW YORK (AP) — FBI agents shot and killed one alleged bank' robber and captured his accomplice today at Kennedy airport as the pair prepared to board a private jet for a flight, out of the country. Seven hostages they had held for more than 11 hours were unharmed. The gunmen, one a self-admitted homosexual demanding the release of his male "wife" from a mental ward, had robbed a Brooklyn branch of the Chase Manhattan Kink of $29,000 Tuesday afternoon and then held the employes hostage when they were surprised by police. The dead man was not immediately identified. In a bizarre drama that stretched through the night, the gunmen nciroiiaterl with FBI agents and police on their demands for the plane and a car to take them to the airport. A two-engine Hansa jet was brought to the airport about 2:30 a.m. At 3:40 a.m. a limousine pulled up in front of the one- story bank and the homosexual, John Wojtowicz, came out of the building with a rifle slung over his shoulder to search the cav. Wojtowicz, who had earlier demanded the release of his male "wife" from a hospital psychiatric ward, then surveyed the s'rect, apparently looking for the hidden police sharpshooter. Satisfied, he got into the car with his accomplice, the hostages and an FBI agent for the driver. They dn:v> off for tha airport, arriving there at 4:45 a.m. John F. Malore, special agent in charge of the FBI's New York office, told a news confeience that the limons'ne was diverted as the p'-me ap- proa ,'heil and one r»f the n:on was Fhot. The second gave himself up, he said. Malone said the men were armed with a rifle and a machine gun. The gunmen originally seized nine hostages but released the bank guard. Calvin Jones, three hours after the holdup, and left pne woman hostage when they drove off with six oilier women and the bank manager. The 13-hour drama at the bank was punctuated by several bizarre incidents. Homosexual friends of Wojtowicz came to visit him at the bank and kissed him as he stood in the doorway while a crowd of hundreds of onlookers cheered. About 11 p.m. the gunmen got hungry and asked FBI agents to go for pizzas and soda. 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