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CIVILIAN HELPS LEAD TO CAPTURE OF MAN CHARGED IN ROBBERY

A Cheektowaga man has been charged in Friday morning's robbery of Chase Manhattan Bank in the Ellicott Square Building.

The robber, armed with a 9 mm handgun, entered the bank about 9:15 a.m., jumped on the counter, waved the gun at a teller and said, "Open it," referring to the cash drawer, according to Central District police reports.

The teller turned over $5,345 and the suspect fled. But the bank had already triggered the alarm when the robber walked in, reports state.

Several officers joined in a foot chase and the alleged robber was caught moments later at Main and West Huron streets, said police, who also recovered a knapsack that contained the stolen money.

"What we had was cooperation from a civilian using a cellular phone, which gave the officers the direction the guy traveled in when he left the bank," said Inspector Philip A. Ramunno, chief of detectives. "The officers then picked up the pursuit and did a heck of a job."

Officers Lynn McGrath and Tricia Bayerl captured Daleon Adams, 22, of Tudor Road, who was charged with first-degree robbery and criminal use of a firearm.

"He dumped the gun and some other belongings at the scene, but held onto the knapsack because that had the cash," Ramunno said.

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