The incident took place at 8:50 this morning at the New York Community Bank Branch on 13th Avenue between 44th and 45th streets. A man described as a dark-complexioned African American, approximately 25 years old, between 5’10” and 6 feet tall and weighing about 180 pounds entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money.
The suspect fled the scene after receiving an unspecified amount of cash. He is said to have with brown eyes, black hair, a missing or chipped front tooth and was last seen wearing a hooded, dark blue coat. Just six months ago another robbery took place on the same block, with robbers breaking into the HSBC Bank by drilling a hole in the ceiling and then busting into the bank’s safety deposit vault, as previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2cRyJdK).
Police have released a surveillance photo of the suspect.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline by phone at 800-577-TIPS, by text at 247637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577 or online at www.NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.