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Man fails to rob bank, then crashes into patrol car, police say

Nassau County police say a man who tried

Nassau County police say a man who tried to rob a Bank of America branch at 3 Main St. in Hempstead on Saturday, July 9, 2016, crashed his car into a responding Hempstead Village police cruiser and a pole during his getaway. The man then fled on foot but was eventually apprehended, police say. Credit: Lou Minutoli

Hempstead police arrested a man Saturday morning who tried to rob a bank with a shotgun and crashed into a police car during his getaway, Nassau County police said.

Prince Conteh, 26, of Lowell, Massachusetts, demanded cash from a woman working at the Bank of America branch at 3 Main St., Nassau police said in a news release.

The teller refused to let Conteh behind the counter where five employees were helping two customers. He ran out of the bank empty-handed, police said.

Conteh crashed the car he was driving into a Hempstead police cruiser responding to the robbery as he tried to speed away and then crashed into a pole near the bank, police said.

Police said Conteh ran away from the car and dropped his shotgun. Police later found him with the help of nearby residents.

The officer involved in the crash suffered neck and back pain and was treated and released at a nearby hospital. No other injuries were reported.

Conteh was charged with first-degree attempted robbery, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree assault.

He is set to be arraigned Sunday morning in First District Court in Hempstead.


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