Maspeth Federal robbed, faces bomb threat
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Police are requesting the public's assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted for a robbery at a Maspeth Federal Savings Bank.

On Wednesday, April 18, at about 5:45 p.m., an 18 to 20-year-old white male entered the bank at 56-18 69th Street, approached a teller and passed a note demanding cash and stating that he had a bomb. The teller complied with his demand.

The suspect stuffed the money into a Modell's bag and then fled southbound on Grand Avenue towards Flushing Avenue.

According to Catherine Oelkers, senior vice president and Savings officer at the bank, it is the first robbery in the 65 years since the branch opened.

"It's upsetting, I suppose," she said. "It's a sign of the times, every day you hear of another bank robbery."

When asked about the bomb threat, Oelkers said, "any robbery is scary, whether they tell you they have a gun, a bomb or they just pass a note, it's always scary."

However, she said the bank is back to business as usual.

According to sources in the community, the suspect made off with $5,000 in cash, but bank representatives and police could not confirm that figure as of press time.

A bank representative said the staff is well-trained to deal with the situation.

Police described the suspect as roughly 5'5", 140 to 170 pounds. He was wearing sunglasses, a black baseball hat, a white collared button-down shirt, a dark zippered jacket, and a black-and-white baseball batting glove on his right hand.

Police ask that anyone with information about the suspects call 800-577-TIPS. Tipsters can also log into or text TIP577 to 274637 (CRIMES).

(Heather Senison)
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