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The New York Times
December 22, 1922

Sheriff, Armored Police Auto and Posse Pursuing—Occupants Stop for Aid.

DENVER, Dec. 21.—Police and other officers of Northern Colorado tonight are hunting for four men in an automobile suspected of being the bandits who on Monday shot and killed Charles T. Linton, Federal Reserve Bank guard, in front of the Mint here after they had stolen $200,000 in currency.

The hunt started this afternoon when Henry Fuqua, a farmer living about twenty miles east of Greeley, and fifty miles north of here, reported to Sheriff Hall of Greeley, that he had encountered four heavily armed men in an abandoned house on his ranch property.

Sheriff Hall asked the Denver police for assistance and with six deputies and a State ranger started for the farmhouse.  The Denver department's armored riot car equipped with machine guns and two automobiles loaded with officers and detectives armed with sawed-off shotguns started for Greeley to join in the pursuit.  A third automobile carrying several hundred rounuds of ammunition later was sent from Denver.

Later in the afternoon Sheriff Hall reported by telephone that he had arrived at the ranch house, but that the men had left.  Later, Mrs. Gus Downer, living just outside of Greeley, reported that about 3:30 o'clock this afternoon a man came to her house and asked for a pan of water and some cotton, explaining that he had a man in his car who had been hurt.  Mrs. Downer gave him a pan of water and a roll of gauze, which he took back to the car.  A few minutes later the car sped away toward Fort Collins.  She said the car's curtains were drawn and some one in the car threw the pan out as the car went by the house.

The cars of Denver police are mobilized in Greeley awaiting further word.

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