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FBI offers $30,000 reward in Tonawanda bank robbery

When two masked men with BB guns robbed the Evans Bank in the Town of Tonawanda last year, they forced their way into the vault and got away with nearly $80,000 in cash.

Now, the FBI, eager to find the fugitives, is offering up to $30,000 for information leading to their arrest.

 

Waqar Ghumman

The reward, announced Tuesday at an FBI news conference in Buffalo, follows the indictment of Waqar Ghumman, 28, and Mohsin Zamir, 31, on charges stemming from the Evans Bank hold up on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Still at large, Ghumman and Zamir are are the targets of a public campaign that includes billboards here, as well as other areas around the country, and asks for the public's help in finding them.

'They pointed guns at customers and employees," said Adam S. Cohen, special agent in charge of the FBI in Buffalo. "And then at gunpoint, they forced the manager to give them money from the vault."

The two men are charged with entering a bank with intent to commit a larceny and bank larceny and face a maximum sentence of of 25 years in prison.

The FBI says Ghumman and Zamir were aided in the robbery by Nicholas Graham, who drove them to the bank on Jan. 8, 2016, and then served as both a lookout and getaway driver.

Ghumman and Zamir, according to agents, wore masks and similar uniforms and carried BB guns that appeared to be real. Agents said they also told employees and customers to lie on the ground.

Mohsin Zamir

After the robbery, investigators tracked Ghumman, Zamir and Graham to the Scottish Inn Motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard, where they say they recovered more than $74,000 in cash, as well as the clothing and BB guns believed to be used in the robbery.

Graham, who was arrested at the motel, has since pleaded guilty and implicated Ghumman and Zamir in the robbery.

Zamir and Ghumman, who has two previous bank robbery convictions, reportedly escaped when two police cruisers chasing them from the motel collided.

Cohen said the men, who were born in Pakistan and are now U.S. citizens, have ties to several other areas of the country and are believed to have fled to New York City last January.

"Both men are avid gamblers and they are known to frequent casinos and race tracks," he said Tuesday.

In return for information leading to the arrests of the two suspects, the FBI is offering a reward of up to $15,000 for each each man, or a total of $30,000 in rewards. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 856-7800.

Town of Tonawanda Police are assisting in the investigation.

 

 

 

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