Man wanted for bank robbery and two unsuccessful attempts

Robbery suspect

Police are on the lookout for a man who robbed one bank and tried to rob two others, including a bank in Union Square.

The robber, who would slip demand notes through the teller windows each time, first hit the HSBC Bank at 15 Union Square West on Wednesday, August 16 at 12:25 p.m. After passing a note to the teller, a 54-year-old woman, she walked away from the window and the suspect fled empty-handed.

Then, at 1:40 p.m., he tried his luck at a Chase Bank at 1260 Broadway between 33rd and 34th Streets. This time, the man got away with cash and fled.

Police believe the same man tried to rob another Chase Bank at 2099 Broadway at 73rd Street on Friday, August 18 at 4:20 p.m. The teller did not comply, though, and the robber fled southbound on Broadway.  Continue reading

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Opinion: For once the president shuts up

By former Assemblyman Steven Sanders

Say this about Donald Trump, he knows his base… and they evidently know him.

During his campaign rallies, he would preen and strut around the stage and insult his opponents with childish name-calling. On occasions, he would arouse his supporters by saying he’d like to punch demonstrators and see them carried out on stretchers. Music to the ears of the unstable.

As president, he urges police to rough up persons they arrest. He calls transgender individuals unfit to serve in the military in any capacity. He makes up facts and lies constantly. Is it any wonder that violent irrational groups previously relegated to the shadowy fringes of society now feel emboldened to take to the streets?

He labels the press as “enemies of the people.” But when Neo-Nazis and assorted white supremacy hate groups gathered in an incendiary demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, spewing racist and anti-Semitic slogans while parading as the Ku Klux Klan once did, our self-styled “tell it like it is” president had very little to say. He demurred from confronting the gaggle of haters who use Nazi symbols and KKK imagery to intimidate. Instead, he offered muted opposition to bigotry “from many places.” His initial statement refused to identify or condemn the instigators of this violence or single them out in any way.

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