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2015-12-09 / Local News

Police release details of Key Bank armed robbery

An armed robbery occurred at the Key Bank branch at 4248 Delaware Ave., Tuesday morning at about 11:40, according to a release from Town of Tonawanda police. The location is in the Del-Ton Plaza just north of Interstate 290.

A lone male wearing a respirator mask and brandishing a handgun entered the bank and demanded money, police said His demand was met, and he fled the building, according to the release.

An alert citizen, who knew what had just happened, watched as the individual entered a blue 2016 Chrysler and left the area, heading north on Delaware Avenue into the City of Tonawanda, the release said.

City of Tonawanda police officers, who were monitoring the call, saw the car and attempted to pull it over. The vehicle accelerated, and a chase ensued, which moved south on River Road and into the City of Buffalo and continued through the Riverside and Black Rock areas of the city.

Police said the vehicle eventually crashed into a gas meter at the corner of Norris and Race streets in Buffalo. The two occupants of the vehicle left the car and split up, with officers continuing the pursuit on foot. Both were apprehended by City of Tonawanda officers. Buffalo police were also part of one of the apprehensions.

According to police, key pieces of evidence — a respirator mask, money and gun — were recovered from the field where one of the individuals was arrested.

One City of Tonawanda police officer suffered a slight ankle injury effecting the arrest, and a city police car was damaged during the chase.

No names are being released at this time, as many aspects of the investigation are still ongoing, the release said.

According to Town of Tonawanda police, they are grateful for the efforts of City of Tonawanda police and Buffalo police officers who took part in the arrest.

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