Phoenix, Arizona — A robber was apprehended today in Phoenix, Arizona after stopping to talk with none other than Bill Murray.
Phoenix Police Chief Tom Downey told local news station ABC15 about the incident.
“The man had just robbed a Wells Fargo ATM, ran out, saw Bill Murray walking on the sidewalk and stopped to talk to him. That’s when authorities were able to apprehend him.”
Bill Murray, who is in town visiting friends, told reporters about the incident.
“I saw this man on the sidewalk running towards me with a bag in his hand. Then he suddenly stopped when he saw me. He asked me if I was the zombie Bill Murray from Zombieland. I told him, ‘sure, why not’. Then he started telling me how much he loved me, and how Ghostbusters is his favorite movie, I dunno, and some other things. I was polite, I told him that was very nice of him to say. Then kind of out of nowhere, police showed up and tackled the man,” Murray said. “Some people might call me a hero, but I’m no hero. The real heroes today are the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department.”
36-year-old Phoenix resident Paul Horner was at the ATM when the robbery happened.
“I was just standing behind this guy waiting my turn when suddenly he starts busting in the ATM with all these tools. So he gets it open and fills a bag up with whatever was in the machine, then he runs out the door and down the street,” Horner said. “It happened so fast for me to be scared or even get shaken up about it. What I am shaken up about is that Bill Murray was the one who stopped this guy and I didn’t get a chance to meet him.” Horner continued, “Bill Murray is my personal hero and today he was an actual hero for the city of Phoenix. What can’t that living legend do?”
Murray told reporters he will be in Phoenix till Friday.
“On Thursday I’m going to a couple things with friends and then around 10PM will probably end up at The Lost Leaf in downtown Phoenix for The Mystery Show. There’s a couple comics playing there that night that I’ve been wanting to see for a while now. I might tell some jokes if I feel like it, we’ll see. I really like bartending. Maybe they’ll let me do that. Regardless, it should be a fun night.”
The robber, whose name has not been released yet, was apprehended and taken into police custody. On his person police found a gun and a bag filled with an undisclosed amount of money.