UTICA — A Utica man was arrested Friday following two bank robberies and an attempted robbery at Price Chopper, city police said.

Kevin Byng, 59, was charged with two counts of third-degree robbery and one count of third-degree attempted robbery, all felonies, officials said.

Throughout the day Friday, police were busy moving from one investigation scene to another.

• The first robbery was reported at 11:38 a.m. at M&T Bank at 233 Genesee St., police Lt. Bryan Coromato said.

"When officers arrived on scene, they were notified by employees that a white male suspect entered the bank demanded money from a teller," according to a police report. "An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the bank, and the suspect fled out of the rear of the bank. A dye pack was deployed and activated once the suspect left the bank. Information was gathered from the scene along with surveillance video and witness statements."

The suspect was on a bicycle, which was later found behind 258 Genesee St. by police.

• Then at 12:56 p.m., while police were still investigating the M&T robbery, there was an attempted robbery at Price Chopper at 1917 Genesee St. in South Utica.

"Officers who responded on scene spoke with store security and employees who stated that the suspect was a white male who passed a note to an employee demanding money," police reported. "Once video surveillance was viewed, officers quickly identified the white male suspect as the same suspect in the M&T incident."

• The final robbery happened at 1:44 p.m. at Key Bank at 255 Genesee St.

"A description of a white male suspect was given by dispatch to officers while en route to the bank. While conducting an area check, Utica police Warrants Unit investigators observed a white male matching the description on Aiken Street. When investigators attempted to stop him, he fled on foot. He was taken into custody a short distance away" at State and Aiken streets.

"There were no weapons displayed at any of them," Coromato said of the three events, adding there also were no injuries and that Byng was the sole suspect.

Byng was arraigned Friday night.

Coromato confirmed Byng is on parole for a previous robbery conviction.

 

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