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Hempstead man faces bank robbery charge

Timothy Brown, 46, of Hempstead, is accused of robbing a Wells Fargo Bank branch on Jan. 30, police say.
Timothy Brown, 46, of Hempstead, is accused of robbing a Wells Fargo Bank branch on Jan. 30, police say. Photo Credit: Nassau County Police Dept.

A Hempstead man – already on parole for robbery – was arrested Tuesday after detectives said he robbed a local bank by saying he had a gun and wanted cash, according to Nassau County police.

Timothy Brown, 46, will be arraigned Feb. 5 on charges of third-degree robbery, seventh-degree criminal posession of a controlled substance and violation of parole.

Detectives said Brown walked into a Wells Fargo Bank on Fulton Avenue in his neighborhood on Jan. 30 and demanded cash from a 25-year-old female teller. During the noontime robbery, he allegedly told her he had a gun, but never produced the weapon, cops said.

There were eight customers and five employees in the bank at the time. No one was hurt and the suspect fled the scene on foot after snatching an undisclosed amount of cash. Witnesses initially described the suspect as being around 55 years old with a salt and pepper goatee and mustache.

Brown is scheduled to appear Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead for arraignment.

State records show his current parole status as “absconded.” He was released on Dec. 11 from state prison after serving time behind bars for a third-degree robbery charge.