A man from Endicott is suspected of robbing banks in Johnson City and Binghamton before setting off on a bicycle.
Authorities say Nyquan Williams, 24, was arrested minutes after an NBT bank robbery at 156 Robinson Street on the East Side of Binghamton.
The bank was robbed by a man with a handgun around 2:50 p.m. Wednesday.
A Binghamton Police investigator attempted to arrest the suspect who was seen cycling on the Tompkins Street Bridge. The man ran behind an apartment complex and jumped into the Susquehanna River.
Police arrested Williams after a scuffle in the river. A local resident said the suspect apparently dropped the money taken from the break-in on the bridge when he abandoned his bike.
Police say they recovered about $ 60,000 and a loaded .22 caliber handgun.
Williams has been charged with first degree theft and criminal use of a firearm. He was arraigned in Binghamton Municipal Court.
Johnson City Police say they believe Williams is the suspect in the July 2 armed robbery against NBT Bank at 331 Main Street.
Village detectives executed a search warrant at his Endicott residence and found several pieces of evidence related to the first heist.
Williams is expected to be charged with robbery, criminal use of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm in connection with the Johnson City incident.
Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: [email protected] or (607) 772-8400 ext 233.
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