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Snow bank helps halt bank robbery in Braintree

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 8, 2011 07:59 AM

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A Braintree man was arrested after allegedly robbing the Rockland Trust bank at 400 Washington St. Monday afternoon.

According to police, bank employees saw Michael Ryan, 44, of Braintree, enter the bank at 1:30 p.m., placing a brown paper bag on the counter.

A robbery note was written on the bag, demanding money with no dye packs. Ryan was given some money before he rushed out of the bank.

Ryan got into a car registered to him and attempted to flee, police said, but in his haste, crashed into a snow bank and became stuck. Ryan abandoned the vehicle and then fled on foot as police searched for him, police said.

A witness who had seen the robbery and the subsequent crash decided to start chasing after the suspect.

Officer Brian Kelley was on traffic detail when he saw Ryan running down River Street followed by the witness. The witness stopped chasing the suspect once Officer Kelley took up pursuit, police said.

Kelley chased Ryan between two houses on River Street, through deep snow, and over a chain link fence before cornering him in a Shaw Avenue driveway, police said.

According to police, the brown paper bag and a set of car keys belonging to the car stuck in the snow were located within arm's reach of Ryan.

The bank teller later positively identified the suspect as the man who robbed her.

Ryan was placed under arrest and charged with unarmed robbery. He was held without bail pending arraignment in Quincy District Court Tuesday morning.

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