July 19, 2017
Lower East Side, Manhattan- This morning, Richard Callison, 22, attempted to rob two bank locations in lower Manhattan. He is also suspected of trying to rob a third bank yesterday. Callision did not make out with money in any of his bank hits. Although he was able to evade the police briefly, he was caught just after noon.
Around 11 am there was a report of a bank hold up at a Chase Bank located at Delancey and Essex Streets within the confines of the 7th Precinct. The 7th sergeant called a LEVEL 1 to activate resources to look for the suspect of this robbery.
While the LEVEL 1 remained in effect, there was a second report of attempted bank hold up at a Citibank on 8th Street and Broadway. 6 Pct. officers arriving to the call determined that this incident was likely connected to the previous hold up attempt at Delancey St.
Strategic Response Group (SRG) officers began a canvas of the area nearby to the Citibank, along with with NYPD transit officers who searched the subway stations close by.
The SRG officers finally made contact with Callison at 3rd Avenue and E 14th Street. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the 6 Pct. to be processed.
Photos, videos and reporting by Brendan Walsh.
UPDATE: According to the NY Post, Callison was giving bank tellers a note stating that he had a gun and to hand over money. When the teller in the Citibank on 8th Street read the note that Callison passed, the worker simply moved away from the counter and hit the panic button. You can read their further reporting here.