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Man arrested after robbing two Borough Park area banks

By Mason White 5:49 PM April 3, 2014
Michael Rodriguez 

By: Devansh Dutt
A man was arrested and charged with bank robbery after going on a bank robbery spree in the Borough Park area of Brooklyn New York, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said.

Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson announced the indictment of Michael Rodriguez, 33, accused of robbing three banks and attempting to rob a fourth bank last month.

The defendant faces multiple charges of larceny and robbery, among others.

“We simply will not allow anyone to rob our banks in broad daylight and terrorize bank tellers in the process. We will hold the Defendant accountable for this bank robbery spree,” said District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson.

According to court documents, Defendant Rodriguez followed a distinct pattern. Each time, he allegedly gave the bank teller a handwritten note, written with the same pen, on the same type of paper with identical wording, including misspellings.

The defendant demanded money and said he had a gun. He never spoke. In addition, Rodriguez consistently wore a hooded black full length “North Face” coat with a logo. There were surveillance photos taken at each location.

The defendant took $5,761 from Flushing Bank, located at 4616 13th Ave.

The defendant took $485 from Investor’s Bank, located at 431 Court St.

The defendant took $16,943 from Flushing Bank, 7102 3rd Ave.

The defendant was turned away by a bank teller at Apple Bank, 1973 86th St.

The defendant Rodriguez was arrested on the same day of his last attempt at his home at 2860 West 23rd Street. Prior to his arrest, the police matched the defendant’s fingerprints to prints found on the note from one bank robbery. The note from the fourth location was found in
the defendant’s car.