Robberies Decline in Washington Heights, Despite Recent Bank Heist

By Ashley Foxx on Dec 15th, 2009

Even with last week’s robbery at the Bank of America branch on Dyckman Street and Broadway Avenue, robberies have steadily decreased in Washington Heights, an area once plagued by crime.

To date, there have been 232 robberies in Washington Heights, a part of the 34th Precinct, down from 256 in 2008, according to New York Police Department reports. Robberies have declined rapidly since 1990 when 1,919 robberies were reported in the area.

However, this community still has the highest rate of robberies in upper Manhattan.

The suspect, caught on surviellance video, demanded money after revealing a semi-automatic weapon. (Photo by Ashley Foxx)

The suspect, caught on surveillance video, demanded money after revealing a semi-automatic weapon.

On Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 9:40a.m. an unidentified man entered the Bank of America, approached a teller and displayed a semi-automatic handgun and a demand note, according to police reports.

The teller complied with the demands and handed the suspect an undetermined amount of money. The suspect than ran from the bank, headed east on Dyckman Street.

Officials are still investigating the robbery and no arrests have been made, a police spokesman confirmed.

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