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Police: Ronkonkoma man caught minutes after robbing bank

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A Ronkonkoma man – now facing two felony robbery charges – found himself in handcuffs on Tuesday, less than an hour after he allegedly stuck up bank in his neighborhood, Suffolk County police said March 18.

Daniel Charbonnier, 46, is scheduled to face a judge Wednesday after being charged with two counts of third-degree robbery, authorities said. In addition to the two felony counts, police also said he will be arraigned on an outstanding traffic warrant.

Investigators said Charbonnier was caught Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly walked into a TD Bank branch at 474 Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma and demanded cash from the teller, “while indicating that he had a gun.”

Cops said he fled the bank on foot and was running west on Portion Road when witnesses in the area pointed him out to responding police officers. He was arrested approximately 35 minutes after the robbery.

Detectives from Suffolk’s Pattern Crime Unit were later able to identify Charbonnier as a suspect responsible for committing a similar robbery at the same bank branch in January, a news release said.

Detectives are still investigating and ask anyone with information about the robbery to call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All callers may remain anonymous.

Authorities said Charbonnier was being held overnight in police custody and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Wednesday.

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