Attempted Chelsea Bank Robbery Thwarted by Off-Duty Officer

By Ben Fractenberg on December 6, 2011 6:54pm 

Officer Shelby Bartlett-Jones arrested a man after he allegedly tried to rob a TD Bank on West 26th Street on Dec. 6, 2011.
Officer Shelby Bartlett-Jones arrested a man after he allegedly tried to rob a TD Bank on West 26th Street on Dec. 6, 2011.
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CHELSEA — An off-duty police officer arrested a man Tuesday morning after he allegedly attempted to rob a branch of TD Bank on West 26th Street.

Officer Shelby Bartlett-Jones, who works in the 25th Precinct in Harlem, was working as private security inside the bank when a man handed a note to a teller demanding money about 10:50 a.m., police said.

The teller refused to hand over the cash, and the would-be robber fled, according to police.  Officer Bartlett-Jones then followed him outside and arrested him after a brief struggle in which she was struck while the man was trying to get away, police said.

Bartlett-Jones was working for the bank while wearing her NYPD uniform as part of the police department's paid detail program, which allows off-duty officers to work for private companies.

She did not sustain any serious injuries during the arrest, according to police.

Charges against the alleged would-be robber were pending, police said.

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