Queens Bank Robber Falls To Death From El
A 46-year-old Queens man sought in connection with several bank robberies fell to his death from elevated train tracks on June 8 while trying to evade police, authorities said.
Police said the suspect walked into a CapitalOne Bank branch on Lefferts Boulevard and Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park at about 1:50 p.m. on June 8, where he passed a note to a teller demanding cash. The teller complied, but enclosed a dye pack in a bag with the cash.
Police sources said the dye pack exploded as the suspect ran onto a nearby train platform with police in pursuit. The explosion startled the bandit, who tossed the sack of stained cash into a trash can and bolted westbound along the elevated train tracks.
As the suspect approached 115th Street on the tracks, he spotted two Queens detectives in his path.
Hoping to escape, the suspect tried to make a 20-foot leap to the rooftop of a nearby building, but missed, falling to the street below. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said no one else was injured in the incident. —Liz Goff