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"Did you do this to me, Frank? I said, did you do this to me?!"
"You're goddamn right, I did!"
Jigsaw and Punisher[src]

The Chase of Jigsaw's Crew was a three-sided open confrontation and wrathful shootout between the Punisher, Jigsaw and his crew, and the New York City Police Department, directly following the successful Robbery of the ReadyQuick Check Cashing.

Background

"They're hitting the ReadyQuick check-cashing spot. This morning. Bunch of us. Right after the truck makes the Friday drop, we're gonna rob the place."
Jake Nelson[src]

Frank Castle and Curtis Hoyle learned from Jake Nelson that Billy Russo was plotting to rob the ReadyQuick Check Cashing of a recent shipment of money. They left to Russo's warehouse to confront him and his robbers, but at that point, they had already left to commit the robbery. Although there were complications in regard to getting the staffing to comply with their demands, Russo and his crew, consisting of José, Bobby, Mike, Todd and Geno, managed to steal the payload they sought. Russo's inside man, Anton Reed, went with the robbers, masquerading as a hostage.

Before Russo and his crew left, they realized Nelson did not arrive. Believing that he backed out of the robbery, Russo ensured the rest of the crew members that he would cut him out of the share and kill him afterwards.[1]

Chase

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Punisher comes face to face with Billy Russo

"This jigsaw-faced bastard almost got us busted. This whole thing went sideways because you lost your shit."
Bobby to Jigsaw[src]

As they were leaving the bank, Russo saw what he presumed to be Jake Nelson. Russo began berating him for being late to the robbery, he was stunned to realize that actually it was really Frank Castle wearing the vest that plagued Russo's nightmares. As Castle killed both Mike and Geno, Russo was grabbed by his crew, and drove off.[1]

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Billy Russo questions the Punisher's actions

While Castle was under fire by Todd, he gave chase to Russo in the crew's initial getaway vehicle, as he was determined to seek closure from their previous engagement, which was left unsettled. Curtis Hoyle, who was told to idle in his car while Castle dealt with the robbers, saved him from death and the constant siege of gunfire by disarming Todd from his position on the rooftops and incapacitating him. Realizing that Castle was the direct cause of all his agony, an overwhelmed Russo angrily ordered José to stop the car in the middle of the street, while arming a machine gun, for he was preparing for a gunfight.

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Curtis Hoyle misses a chance to kill Jigsaw

Castle paused after Russo's car screeched to a halt on the street. Confused by the apparent betrayal of one of his best friends, Russo demanded answers from Castle to confirm his suspicions that he was responsible for all the scarring on his face. Castle, who perceived Russo as an enemy, admitted to doing so with haste. Russo then went in a fit of rage, unleashing his wrath by furiously firing his gun violently in Castle's vicinity, going against the urges of his robber comrades.

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The Punisher faces off with Brett Mahoney

As both Castle and Russo exchanged gunfire, the New York City Police Department led by Brett Mahoney interfered, which also ruined Hoyle's opportunity to kill Russo with a sniper. After an extensive, prolonged gunfight, Russo's failure to kill Castle prompted him to escape with the rest of his crew, as he was not willing to be arrested. As per Castle, Mahoney gave chase to him and cornered him into an alleyway. While attempting to arrest him, Hoyle came from behind him and aimed at Mahoney the rifle he took from Todd earlier. This allowed Castle to make a swift escape from the police.[2]

Aftermath

"None of it! None of it matters! All this? All this was Frank Castle!"
Jigsaw[src]
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Anton Reed gets shot in the head by Jigsaw

At the rendezvous point, the surviving crew members negotiated over the Punisher's arrival at the scene of the robbery, and some, including Bobby and Anton Reed directly blamed Billy Russo for not preparing them against his interference. Russo then swiftly shot both Bobby and Reed in the head, and instilled fear in the surviving crew members, including José, to not speak up against him. Motivated for revenge against the Punisher, Russo proposed to the rest of his crew to expand their criminal operations by taking on New York City.[2]

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