Tonawanda News


August 15, 2013

Police seek help searching for robbery suspect

Tonawanda News — North Tonawanda police are continuing a search for a robbery suspect who entered a bank Saturday inside Tops Friendly Market on Meadow Drive and gave a teller a note demanding money. 

Police Chief William Hall said officers arrived at Mid-City Plaza and were advised that the suspect had fled heading down Payne Avenue before he escaped.

The individual in question remains unidentified, though he was described by witnesses and through video surveillance as a thin, 6-foot, 5-inch male with a reddish-blonde buzz cut. 

The man, wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and sunglasses, never brandished or threatened a weapon and did not retrieve any money before leaving the store shortly after 3 p.m. on a mountain bicycle toward Payne Avenue, according to the authorities. 

Hall said he could share few details related to the note or the incident in general because the investigation is ongoing though he indicated that the “note led them to believe he was demanding money” from the Citizens Bank branch. 

“It was kind of a normal bank robbery if there is such a thing,” Hall said. “Nobody got hurt and he left right away. But it’s still traumatic for the people involved.” 

Police are asking resident to call North Tonawanda detectives at 692-4312 with any information that may assist in identifying the suspect. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115. 

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