Hempstead, NY - July 9, 2016 - The Major Case Bureau reports the details of an arrest for an attempted bank robbery that occurred in Hempstead on Saturday, July 09, 2016 at 11:50 A.M.
According to detectives, Prince Conteh, 26, of Lowell, Massachusetts, armed with a shotgun, entered the Bank of America located at 3 Main St., and demanded cash from a female employee. When the victim refused to allow him entry into the teller area, he left the bank without proceeds.
While fleeing in his vehicle, the defendant was involved in an auto accident with one of the responding Hempstead police officer’s vehicle, then continued on and struck a pole. The defendant exited the auto and fled on foot, eventually dropping the shotgun nearby. Hempstead police officers were able to apprehend the defendant with the assistance of civilians. The shotgun was recovered. There were five bank employees and two customers in the bank at the time of the robbery.
The police officer involved in the auto accident, who suffered neck and back pain, was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released. No other injuries were reported.
Conteh is being charged with Robbery 1st Degree (Attempt), Criminal Use Firearm 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of Weapon 2nd Degree, Assault 2nd Degree and will be arraigned on Sunday, 07/10/16 in First District Court, Hempstead.