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Investigation continues into armed robbery

TUPPER LAKE - An investigation involving several area law enforcement agencies is ongoing after an armed suspect robbed a Community Bank in Tupper Lake.

New York State Bureau of Criminal Investigation Captain Robert LaFountain told reporters April 10 that a white male approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds entered the Community Bank at the corner of Hosley Avenue and Park Street around noon Friday.

"At approximately 12:15 p.m. Friday, the New York State Police received a report of an armed bank robbery which occurred at the Community Bank in the town of Tupper Lake," LaFountain said.

"State police personnel, along with our law enforcement partners the Tupper Lake Police Department, the Saranac Lake Police Department and New York State Forest Rangers responded to the scene. We remain on scene conducting interviews and conducting a search of the area for evidence and looking for the suspect."

The man was wearing a Carhart jacket, a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and what appeared to be a fake mustache and goatee. LaFountain said he flashed a silver handgun at bank employees and told about a half dozen customers to get on the floor.

The village of Tupper Lake was still packed with state and village patrol vehicles at 7 p.m. April 10, although numerous roadblocks had been disassembled. Roadblocks had been set-up at the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in Tupper Lake, on Route 3 in Saranac Lake, and at the intersection of Route 30 and Route 86 in Paul Smiths.

Police conducted door-to-door interviews at homes in the immediate vicinity of the bank. Reports say the suspect fled on foot toward Old Wawbeek Road, in the direction of Saranac Lake.

LaFountain would not comment on how much money was taken.

"Right now, we aren't at liberty to say," he said. "But we are pursuing the investigation very seriously."

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