MANHATTAN — Police arrested an armed ex-con who robbed four banks of more than $60,000 dating back to June, after he made off with $41,000 from a Midtown East branch Friday morning, police and sources said.
The suspect, whose identity was not immediately released, hit the M&T Bank at 1034 Second Ave., between East 55th and 54th streets, at around 10:30 a.m. Friday, a police spokesman said.
He attempted to rob another bank on the Upper East Side in June but walked away empty-handed, before making off with $8,000 from a Queens bank in July and $13,000 from another bank on the Upper East Side in October, sources said.
The suspect has previously served time in federal prison for bank robbery, sources added.
The NYPD's Strategic Response Group set up units at every subway station they believed the robber would head to Friday and arrested him at 116th Street and Lexington Avenue at 11:33 a.m. following a brief foot chase, the spokesman said.
The suspect had a handgun on him when he was picked up, police added.