ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany Police Department has arrested a city man after two separate bank robberies.
Police responded to Trustco Bank at 40 Central Avenue for a report of a robbery around 3:15 p.m. July 25. A teller told police a male suspect had approached the counter and passed a note demanding money.
The man then fled the bank without any proceeds, according to police.
Around 3:30 p.m., police then responded to First Niagara Bank at 911 Central Avenue for a report of a robbery. A teller told police a man approached the counter and passed a note demanding money.
The teller complied, and the man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
Police determined the suspect from Trustco Bank and First Niagara Bank was the same person.
Officer Timothy Geisel observed a male matching the description of the robbery suspect around 7:45 p.m. near the intersection of Second Street and Judson Street and stopped him as part of the investigation.
Leon Samuel, 46, was identified as the suspect in both robberies. He was arrested and charged with one count of Attempted Robbery in the Third Degree and one count of Robbery in the Third Degree.
Samuel is on federal probation from a previous bank robbery. He was arraigned in Albany City Criminal Court and remanded to the Albany County Jail.
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