Bank Robbery Ends In Police Chase Through Amherst, Buffalo

11:26 PM, Dec 18, 2011   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY--  What started as a bank robbery, turned into a police pursuit of the suspect and ended in a crash.

Just after 5:30 Friday evening, workers inside an Evans Bank at Sheridan and Sweet Home alerted police that they were being robbed.

According to investigators, 47-year-old Mark Daniels of Cheektowaga went into the Evans Bank, jumped over the counter and forcibly took money from the cashiers drawer.  Daniels then ran out of the bank and hopped into a car.

Within minutes, Amherst Police officers showed up and began following Daniels in the Silver Chevy Impala he was driving.

Investigators say he tried to hit an Amherst Police officer who was outside the car trying to catch him at the corner of Bailey and Eggert.  Somehow the suspect got away and led police on a chase throughout Amherst. 

Amherst Police Lieutenant Tom Ratzel was listening to the chase from the Amherst police station and said he made the call to keep chasing the suspect.  Amherst Police notified Buffalo Police that the suspect was headed their way.

The chase continued into the City of Buffalo through several streets and ended at Best and Jefferson Avenue where the suspect crashed into two other vehicles.

After crashing into 2 cars, Daniels jumped out of the car and tried to run with the money he stole from the bank.  The two other drivers that were hit were taken to the hospital with injuries, but are expected to be ok.  Daniels was also taken to ECMC to be checked out.  He was treated and released and is currently at the Erie County Holding Center where investigators say he faces multiple charges.

There's no word on how much money was taken from the bank, but police did recover at least one bag near the suspect vehicle.

Daniels was arraigned in Amherst Town Court Saturday morning. He was charged with robbery, grand larceny, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, unlawful fleeing of a police officer, reckless driving and numerous vehicle and traffic charges including aggravated unlicensed operation. 

Click on the video link above to see Marissa Bailey's report shot by photojournalist Bill Boyer.

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