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Construction worker chases down alleged bank robber

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Posted at 1:37 PM, Mar 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-27 13:42:00-04

PORTLAND, Oregon (KGW) - An Oregon construction worker and father is being hailed a hero after chasing down a suspected bank robber this week.

Forty-year-old Nick Butler said he was just minding his own business when he saw something strange.

"Well, I noticed a gentleman that was coming out the bank, throwing his hat off and taking his shirt off," Butler told KGW-TV's Mike Benner.

Authorities said the man had just robbed the Wells Fargo bank in Wilsonville and was about to run off when Butler spotted him.

"I just put my truck in park, and got out, and started chasing him," said Butler.

The former high school track star ran after the suspect, who weaved through traffic and eventually caught up with the man about a half mile away.

"He was peeling his pants off, the last part of the little uniform he had on, and I just ran at him as fast as I could and hit him…," said Butler.

That's when officers arrested 30-year-old Matthew Herstrom.

Sgt. James Rhodes, of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, said he appreciates what Butler did.

"On the other hand, it is a risky business," said Rhodes. "People who rob banks are desperate or often armed."

Butler, who said he did not think the bank would give him a reward, said he sure could use a better interest rate on his mortgage.

Still, when asked if Butler would do the same thing if he happened upon another robbery, he said he likely give chase again.