Feds Nab Alleged  Bank Bandit

Feds Nab Alleged Bank Bandit

Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of NY

Kevin Crawford has been indicted on bank robbery charges.

By Michael V. Cusenza

Investigators have nabbed the man allegedly responsible for robbing an Ozone Park bank at knifepoint in May, federal prosecutors announced this week.

Kevin Crawford, 27, has been indicted on bank robbery charges. He is currently homeless, authorities noted.

According to the criminal complaint, on May 18, between 3:45 and 4 p.m., Crawford entered the Valley National Bank branch on Liberty Avenue and 107th Street, and handed a teller a manila envelope upon which was handwritten “Fill it up” and “20’s 50’s and 10’s.”

The teller did not immediately comply.

Crawford then allegedly brandished a large knife and verbally demanded that the teller “put the money in the envelope,” and placed the knife against the neck of one of the bank’s employees. The employees surrendered $2,330 cash and Crawford allegedly fled northbound on 107th Street.

According to the complaint, a surveillance camera on a residence on 107th Street only a short distance north of the bank allegedly captured video of Crawford running, holding the envelope in his left hand and throwing an object—which appears to be the knife—with his right hand. The NYPD recovered a knife from the front of the property where, in the video, it appears to have been thrown. A latent fingerprint on the knife handle, which was compared to fingerprints stored in a law enforcement database, was identified as a match for a fingerprint taken from the right ring finger of Kevin Crawford.


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