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Man in wheelchair arrested for robbing NYC bank


  • In this Monday photo provided by the New York Police Department, a man gets away after he robbed the Santander bank in the Queens borough of New York. After receiving over $1,200 in bills, police say the suspect then fled westbound on Broadway in the wheelchair. He remains at large. (NYPD via AP)
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NEW YORK » A New York City man in a wheelchair has been arrested two days after he pocketed $1,212 in a daytime bank robbery, authorities announced Friday.

Kelvin Dennison, 23, was picked up by officers at a hospital two days after he rolled into a Santander Bank branch in Queens Monday afternoon and claimed to be armed, police said.

"Give me all you have," he told a teller, according to court papers. "I have a gun."

The teller then passed him the cash before he pushed himself out of the bank and then fled down the street in his wheelchair, police said. Authorities released an image of a man in a wheelchair leaving the bank taken from a store’s surveillance camera.

When Dennison went to a Queens hospital two days later, someone recognized him and called police, prosecutors said. Authorities didn’t say why Dennison went to the hospital.

When he was questioned by investigators, Dennison told them he was in a wheelchair after being injured in a shooting, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office told the New York Times.

Dennison was charged with robbery and is being held on $15,000 bail. Attempts to reach his attorney for comment on Friday were unsuccessful.

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