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Cops: Hempstead parolee accused of bank robbery

A Hempstead parolee has been charged with Thursday's robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank branch in his home community, Nassau police said Tuesday.

Timothy Brown, 46, of 29 Laurel Ave., was arrested Monday and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead on third-degree robbery, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and violation of parole, police said.

Police said he demanded cash from a teller at the bank on Fulton Avenue at about noon. He stated he had a gun, but never showed one and ran off after getting cash, police said.

There were eight customers and five employees in the bank, and witnesses described the suspect as having a salt and pepper goatee and mustache, police said.

Brown's arrest is one of several made this year after a rash of bank heists on Long Island.

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