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Failed Alleged Chelsea Bank Robber Strikes Again, Police Say

By DNAinfo Staff on April 12, 2011 10:20am  | Updated on April 12, 2011 10:19am

Attempted robbery suspect Djamil Azizi.
Attempted robbery suspect Djamil Azizi.
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By Olivia Scheck

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — The third time was the charm for a hard-luck bank robber being hunted by the NYPD.

Police circulated a mug shot of Djamil Azizi, 51, last week after he was implicated in an attempted bank robbery at the Chase location on Eighth Avenue and West 15th Street.

Azizi allegedly entered the bank shortly before 11 a.m. on March 29, passed the teller a note demanding cash, and then fled empty-handed, according to the department. 

Now, police say the man has struck twice more, attempting to rob the same Chelsea bank where he failed just 11 days earlier and then successfully knocking over a Chase location in Gramercy.

Both of the more recent robberies occurred on Sat., April 9, police said.

At the Chelsea location, the would-be robber passed the teller a note demanding money, police said, and again he failed to get any. He fled up Eighth Avenue, according to police.

But less than an hour later, the suspect allegedly turned up at the Chase bank on Third Avenue between East 19th and East 20th streets, police said. 

Again, he allegedly passed a note, and then made off on foot with an unknown amount of cash, the NYPD said.

Azizi, also known as John Amir, is described as 6-foot-1-inch, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).