2015-03-04 / Front Page

Family Charges Bad Rx Led To Bank Heist

The parents o a 35-year-old Queens man who held up a Long Island City bank on February 23 told investigators their son suffers from a medical disease that turned him to a life of crime, law enforcement sources said.

Cops said James Hellman walked into a Queens County Savings Bank branch on Queens Boulevard in Woodside at about 2 p.m. on February 23, where he handed a teller demanding cash.

Hellman allegedly told the teller, “Empty the drawers. Do it and no one will get hurt,” law enforcement sources said.

The teller handed over $2,450 in cash and a dye pack to Hellman, who ran to a nearby building to pocket the money, the sources said. The dye pack exploded as Hellman opened the stash, allowing cops to nab him red-handed, police said.

Hellman was taken to the 108th Precinct where he suffered a seizure while undergoing arrest processing, authorities said. He was treated and released at a nearby hospital and was later charged with robbery and related charges at his arraignment at Quens Criminal Court.

Law enforcement sources said Hellman’s parents told investigators their son turned to a life of crime after doctors prescribed the wrong medication following his recent brain surgery.

Hellman is facing up to seven years in prison, if convicted.


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