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Copiague man with long record accused of Babylon bank robbery

Attached is the mug shot of Eric Hyndman

Attached is the mug shot of Eric Hyndman of Copiagueb who was arrested for robbing the Capital One Bank in Babylon on June 7, 2013. He was charged with one count of Robbery 3rd Degree and he was arrested for a Petit Larceny warrant. (June 10, 2013) Photo Credit: Handout

A Copiague man who served prison time for multiple robbery convictions, was arrested again Monday and charged with holding up a Babylon bank Friday, Suffolk police said.

Eric Hyndman, 47, was arrested by Suffolk Pattern Crime Unit detectives and charged with robbing the Capital One Bank branch at 8 Little East Neck Rd.

Hyndman entered the bank at about 12:20 p.m., police said, approached a teller, and verbally demanded cash.

In the original news release about the robbery, Suffolk police said, "The teller complied with the demand," and the suspect, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and wearing a red or maroon hooded sweatshirt, fled in a light-colored, late-model work van north on Tappan Avenue.

Investigators were not available Monday to comment on where Hyndman was arrested or what specifically led them to him, but Hyndman has a lengthy record of felony arrests and convictions.

Prison records indicate that Hyndman was recently released on parole after being in prison since 2004, and spent other periods of time in jail or prison for convictions dating back to at least 1992.

A November 1992 Newsday article noted that Hyndman, of North Babylon, was arrested on charges of robbing three gas stations in two days there, and the attempted robbery of a fourth in West Babylon, in which the station attendant fought him off. Hyndman later pleaded guilty to felony robbery and attempted robbery in connection with those crimes, records show.

On the alleged bank robbery Friday, Hyndman was charged with third degree robbery, and was also arrested on a petty larceny warrant.

He was to be held overnight in the Seventh Precinct and was to be arraigned Tuesday in First District Court, Central Islip.


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