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Man arrested in Nassau bank robberies, police say

Junior Ghirawoo, 33, was arrested in six bank

Junior Ghirawoo, 33, was arrested in six bank robberies and three attempted bank robberies in the past year, Nassau County police said Oct. 28, 2017. Credit: NCPD

A man has been charged in six bank robberies and three attempted bank robberies, Nassau County police said.

Junior Ghirawoo, 33, who has no known address, faced Judge Robert E. Pipia in First District Court in Hempstead on Saturday. He was charged with six counts of third-degree robbery and three counts of third-degree attempted robbery.

He was arrested Friday at a Chase Bank branch at 654 Franklin Ave. in Franklin Square, police said.

Authorities said Ghirawoo tried to rob the branch, but a bank teller called a security guard, who detained Ghirawoo until police arrived. No one was injured during the robbery attempt and there were no customers in the bank at the time, police said.

Police said Ghirawoo committed the following robberies:

  • Nov. 7, 2016, June 5 and Oct. 10, Chase Bank at 239-39 Linden Blvd. in Elmont
  • July 3 and Oct. 7, Chase, 136 Fulton Ave. in Hempstead
  • Sept. 7, Chase, 49 N. Franklin Ave. in Hempstead

Police said Ghirawoo also is a suspect in the following attempted robberies:

  • Aug. 22, Chase, Fulton Avenue, Hempstead
  • Oct. 10, Bank of America, 248 Post Ave. in Westbury.
  • Oct. 27, Chase, 654 Franklin Ave. in Franklin Square.

Bail for Ghirawoo, who is being represented by Legal Aid, was set at $90,000 bond or $67,500 cash.

With Deborah S. Morris

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