Two bank robbers caught, school lockout lifted

Posted at 7:49 PM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 19:49:29-05

A bank robbery in the Town of Tonawanda put nearby schools on temporary lockout Monday afternoon before the suspects were taken into custody.

Fletcher Elementary, Middle and High Schools were put into lockout around noon when a nearby Key Bank branch on Delaware Avenue was robbed. The lockout was lifted around a half hour later when the two suspects were apprehended.

Police say a lone man wearing a respirator mask and armed with a handgun entered the bank and demanded cash. When he got what he wanted, he left. A witness saw him get into a waiting car, which took off north into the City of Tonawanda.

City of Tonawanda Police spotted the vehicle and their officers pursued the suspects down River Road into Buffalo, where they crashed their vehicle at Noris and Race streets.

This picture comes from Daniel Dryndas, who says he saw the end of the chase when it happened outside his workplace while he was on lunch break:

The two suspects went off running in different directions with City of Tonawanda and Buffalo police officers hot on their heels. One department captured one suspect while the other captured the second suspect. Also located: the gun, cash and the respirator mask.

One City of Tonawanda Police vehicle was damaged and an officer suffered an ankle injury during the chase.

Town of Tonawanda Police have not yet released the suspects' names and say their investigation is ongoing.




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