NIAGARA FALLS – One man is in custody and two others are being sought in the attempted robbery shortly before noon Tuesday of the Bank of America branch on Military Road near Niagara Falls Boulevard.
Allen Strain, 37, of Central Street, Buffalo, was arrested at the scene and charged with first-degree robbery, police said. Niagara Falls police said Strain gave a note to a teller claiming he had a gun and demanded money. However, no weapon was displayed, police added. The teller told Strain to wait while she gathered the money, then activated the silent alarm, police added.
Strain, who was not armed, was arrested without incident, said police, who were in the neighborhood and responded to the holdup within minutes.
The two accomplices, both wearing white shirts and white caps, fled just in a dark-colored Chevrolet Aveo hatchback – possibly heading toward Buffalo, authorities said.
Niagara Falls police are being assisted by Niagara County sheriff’s deputies, state police and Buffalo police.