By Joy Bergmann
A local man, Roderick Smith, 30, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after allegedly robbing or attempting to rob three Upper West Side banks over the past two days, an NYPD spokesperson told WSR.
The suspect’s first target, police said, was the Wells Fargo branch at 2415 Broadway (89th St.). At 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, he allegedly passed a note to a teller, received approximately $320 and fled on foot.
On Wednesday afternoon around 12:45 p.m., the suspect allegedly attempted to rob the HSBC at 721 Amsterdam Avenue (95th St.) but fled without receiving any funds, police said.
About 10 minutes later, police said, the suspect allegedly passed a note to a teller at the Bank of America branch at 2574 Broadway (97th St.) and received approximately $500 before fleeing.
Witnesses were able to point officers toward the suspect’s location. By 1:30 p.m., he was in custody, police said.
NYPD said no weapons were displayed during any of the incidents.