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'Hostage' arrested in bank robbery

A bank teller who was at first considered a hostage in a weekend bank robbery on River Road has been charged in the robbery, and police have issued a warrant for her boyfriend, who is missing and has been named a co-conspirator.

Heather M. Davey, 28, of Frontier Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged Monday by North Tonawanda police with felony first-degree robbery and felony second-degree robbery.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, the First Niagara Bank was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash. Davey told police Saturday that she was taken from her home and had been forced to drive to the bank by a masked man. She and another employee were then tied up at the bank, and the man fled with the cash.

Niagara Falls police found Davey's car in her driveway and Davey's boyfriend, William Bradigan, 34, who also lived at the Frontier Avenue address, missing.

Upon further interviews, police said Davey admitted Monday that she had been a co-conspirator along with Bradigan.

Niagara Falls Emergency Response Team Commander Capt. David Legault said they were not sure Saturday if Bradigan was a suspect or a victim and tried to call the home and sent in canines before the quick-entry team went in.

Niagara Falls police detectives said Bradigan has been a suspect in other unrelated cases.

North Tonawanda police said a warrant has been issued for Bradigan on charges of robbery and grand larceny.

Bradigan may be driving a 2004 gray Chevy Trailblazer, license plate number AUE-9453, and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police said they also want to talk with Eric Poole, 28. Anyone with information should call 692-4312.

e-mail: nfischer@buffnews.com

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