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Father and son charged in Town of Tonawanda bank robbery

A father and son are charged with robbing a Town of Tonawanda bank Monday and taking police on a chase that resulted in the pair running into a police vehicle.

Brandon Loyd, 19, and Duane Loyd, 44, both of Buffalo, are charged with bank robbery and related use and possession of a firearm.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel said Brandon Loyd walked into the Key Bank at 4248 Delaware Ave. at about 11:40 a.m., put a respirator mask over his face, approached a teller’s window and demanded cash. Loyd also is accused of brandishing a firearm and ordering customers to raise their hands in the air.

Court papers say Loyd then fled the bank with the money and escaped in a vehicle driven by his father, Duane Loyd. The police chase that followed ended when the Loyds’ vehicle collided with a City of Tonawanda police vehicle.

Investigators said the Loyds fled the scene on foot but were captured shortly afterward. They also said they recovered a pistol with 12 rounds of ammunition.

The Loyds’ arrest is the result of an investigation by the FBI, Town of Tonawanda Police, City of Tonawanda Police and Buffalo Police.