Off-Duty Cop Catches Bank Robber in Middle of Heist, Police Say
NEW DORP — A Staten Island man wanted for robbing a Stapleton bank on Monday was arrested as he held up a New Dorp target — not knowing the customer next to him was a cop, police said.
Police said Edward Trifeletti, 35, of Victory Blvd., Tompkinsville, walked into the Chase Bank at 2626 Hylan Blvd. at around 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday and demanded money from a teller, police said.
Unluckily for Trifeletti, off-duty officer Richard Ocasio was standing at the next teller’s window when Trifeletti announced his robbery, police said.
Ocasio, who’s assigned to the 120th Precinct’s Impact Unit, identified himself as a cop and arrested Trifeletti.
Police also suspect Trifeletti in Monday’s robbery of a Northfield Bank at 385 Bay St.
He was charged with two counts of robbery and grand larceny in both cases.