Colonie police: Large police presence at bank wasn't robbery

Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff
Updated: January 16, 2020 06:11 PM
Created: January 16, 2020 04:21 PM

Colonie police are investigating a suspicious incident at the TD Bank on Central Avenue that resulted in a very large police presence there Thursday afternoon.

Three people have been detained and are being questioned, but officers say they still aren't quite sure what happened.


Officers were sitting there Thursday afternoon, waiting for a search warrant to get into that car where the three people in question were found hiding.

Officers say the call came in as a possible armed abduction, with a suspect possibly taking a man in to the bank to withdraw funds.

Multiple police cruisers, detective vehicles, and officers were seen on the ground.

Officers say one of the suspects went into the bank with the man and that's when a teller spotted the suspect possibly recording his activity. Once the suspect realized he was being watched, he left.

Officers believe that suspect and the two other people in question tried to hide in some businesses across the street before ending up in the car.

Officers said as of late Thursday afternoon that no weapon had been found.

“Prior to us getting here, the two of them tried to break into a business along Central Avenue here. I don't know if that was to try to avoid us, but they were located in the vehicle. We have all the parties involved here that we believe were involved in [Thursday’s] incident, anyways, in custody or detained, and they're all headed back to the station now to try to sort out exactly what is going on here,” said Colonie Police Lt. Robert Winn.

Officers stress that the bank was not robbed and nobody was hurt.

The alleged victim told police he was brought to the bank to repay a debt.

Hopefully once they get into that car, we will have some more answers.

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