Binghamton Cops Capture “Bike-Riding Bandit” After Second Robbery
An Endicott man is suspected of robbing banks in Johnson City and Binghamton before riding off on a bicycle.
Authorities say 24-year-old Nyquan Williams was taken into custody a few minutes after a heist at the NBT Bank at 156 Robinson Street on Binghamton's East Side.
The bank was robbed by a man armed with a handgun around 2:50 p.m. Wednesday.
A Binghamton police investigator tried to stop the suspect who was spotted riding a bike on the Tompkins Street bridge. The man ran behind an apartment complex and jumped into the Susquehanna River.
Police officers took Williams into custody after a struggle in the river. A nearby resident said the suspect apparently dropped the money taken in the heist on the bridge when he ditched his bicycle.
Police say they recovered about $60,000 and a loaded .22 caliber handgun.
Williams was charged with first-degree robbery and criminal use of a firearm. He was arraigned in Binghamton City Court.
Johnson City police say they believe Williams is the suspect in the July 2 armed robbery of the NBT Bank at 331 Main Street.
Village detectives executed a search warrant at his Endicott residence and found several pieces of evidence related to the first heist.
Williams is expected to be charged with robbery, criminal use of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm in connection with the Johnson City incident.
Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 772-8400 extension 233.
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