‘Red Bull’ Bandit Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison

Posted on January 25, 2008 

‘Red Bull’ Bandit Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison

A west suburban man with an affinity for Red Bull was sentenced to 24 years in prison Tuesday for the armed robberies and hijackings of two trucks filled with the energy drink.

Samer Bader, 31, of 402 Turner in Glen Ellyn, was sentenced to 24 years after entering a blind plea of guilty on Sept. 14, 2007, to one count of aggravated kidnapping with a firearm, according to a release from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office.

On March 6, 2006, while unloading a shipment of Red Bull at a Sam’s Club in Woodridge, an employee of Power Distributing was approached by Bader, who displayed a gun, the release said. Bader ordered the employee into another vehicle driven by an accomplice and hijacked the delivery truck. A short time later the victim was released and reported the incident on his cell phone.

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