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New Haven bank robbery suspect arrested, charged after two-hour standoff

NEW HAVEN -- A bank robbery suspect and New Haven Police staged a two-hour standoff Thursday afternoon. Ultimately, a bean bag ended it.

Around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, police were called to the Wells Fargo Bank on Whalley Avenue on a report of an attempted bank robbery.

Police say the suspect, William Rodriguez, got away with no money, but his car was spotted by an officer.

New Haven police swarmed 79 Chamberlain Street, believed to be the suspect’s residence, just before 1 o’clock and started negotiating with the man they identified as William.

William Rodriguez

New Haven Police Lt. Steve Tirquati said they are familiar with Rodriguez from other encounters.

And after roughly two hours of police negotiations, Rodriguez came out onto the porch. Police shot bean bags at him, stunning him long enough for officers to apprehend him.

"It’s not safe," said a mother of young children, who lives across the street from the home where the incident occurred. "They’re bringing everything into the neighborhood."

Police say that Rodriguez was charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Robbery. He will be arraigned Friday.

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