Police arrested a 55-year-old man last week on charges of robbing a Capital One Bank in College Point just three months after the same house of lending was hit by what eyewitnesses described as a gun-slinging senior.
In the most recent robbery, police nabbed Roy Miller, of 121-11 20th Ave. in College Point, after he allegedly made off with $1,500 in cash from the bank, according to the NYPD.
At about 4 p.m. Friday, Miller walked into the bank, at 122-03 14th Ave., and allegedly passed the teller a note stating he had a gun and wanted money, according to police.
The teller then handed Miller the cash and he fled on foot, police said.
After canvassing the area, officers spotted Miller near the intersection of 20th Avenue and College Point Boulevard, police said, which was less than a block from his home.
Miller was arrested and charged with robbery, the NYPD said.
The incident followed a similar daytime robbery at the College Point bank Nov. 12, when a man made off with $1,000.
Just before noon that day, a suspect entered the bank, displayed a revolver and passed the teller a note demanding cash, police said.
The teller forked it over and the suspect fled on foot, possibly through College Point Park, according to police.
But descriptions of the suspect varied widely as police kept customers inside the bank afterward to try and turn up some clues.
Police described the suspect as 60 years old and Hispanic. Witnesses described him as white, others as black and one woman said the suspect was wearing a bandana over his face and could not be clearly seen.
Police were still searching for that culprit.
It was unclear as of press time Tuesday evening if the two incidents were related.
Those with information should contact NYPD’s Crimestoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting its website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.
Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 718-260-4566.
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