ORCHARD PARK, NY - Cooperation between two Western New York law enforcement agencies led to the arrest of a suspected bank robber Friday afternoon.
Just before 2 p.m. the Community Bank at 5 Clark Street in Orchard Park was held up. The thief escaped in a 2004 Chevy Impala, then crashed into a utility pole a short distance away. He kept on going, and was last seen headed west on Route 20A towards Route 219, Orchard Park police say.
About two hours later, acting on a computer alert the Orchard Park police department had issued, a Buffalo police officer stopped the vehicle in the Rite Aid parking lot on West Ferry Street at Grant Street. Michael W. Johnson, 29, of 42 Elmtree Road in Orchard Park, who was driving the car, was taken to the Orchard Park Police Department and charged with robbery in the first degree and multiple vehicle and traffic violations.
There is no word on whether the stolen money was retrieved.
Johnson was arraigned and is being held in the Erie County Holding Center on $15,000 cash bail. A felony hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4 at 5 p.m.