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BPD Reel in Another Bank Robbery Suspect

Buffalo police continue to solve a number of recent bank robberies in the Queen City - this time two robberies cleared with one individual arrested.

Buffalo police have charged 18 year old Jaqwan L. Martin of Hertel Ave. in connection with two separate robberies at the M and T Bank at 3037 Bailey Avenue. Acting on a tip, Northeast District Lieutenant Randall W. Ammerman and Officer Melanie A. Neureuther located the suspect, hiding inside a bedroom closet at 156 Butler Street.

The suspect was wanted by Northeast Detective Barbara A. Lark who was piecing together evidence to link the suspect to the two separate robberies.

On April 2nd, at about 1:30PM, a suspect entered the bank, and displayed a note demanding money. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. On April 10, police believe the same bank was robbed, and that Martin was involved in that crime, as well as the earlier one.

"Our district detectives have been comparing notes, suspect descriptions and other patterns in the rash of recent robberies that the city has experienced. They are also working with other area law enforcement agencies and the Erie Crime Analysis Center, in their attempts to solve each one of these bank heists." said Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives.

Martin now faces charges of first degree robbery and grand larceny counts for the two robbery incidents.

Chief Richards singled out the efforts by Detective Lark who worked along with Detectives John Caruso, (E District) Kevin T. Biggs, Brian F. Mahoney, Edward M. Cotter, (B District) Paul L. Barba and Carl A. Lundin, (D District) as well as Lieutenant Michelle R. Kubala (E District) - piecing together enough information leading to several arrests in recent days; 19 year old Zaire Allison, of Walden Avenue, and 23 year old Joshua Cunningham, of Barton Street, have already been recently charged with robbery counts.