Doh! Man arrested after robbing bank across street from Conn. station

ALAINE GRIFFIN; Courant Staff Writer

Copyright 2005 The Hartford Courant Company 

With 19 bank branches scattered throughout the city's 42 square miles, one would think a robber wouldn't bother with the downtown Bank of America, since it sits across the street from police headquarters.

But a robber chose the Main Street bank as his target Tuesday afternoon, sending officers already close to the crime scene scrambling to catch him.

Officers walking on Main Street heard the call over their radios shortly before 1:30 p.m. Guided by calm but deliberate voices tracking the robber's every move, officers chased him through downtown streets.

Once an officer in a patrol car cut off the man, officers arrested him in Metro Square Plaza.

``It was a well-done, professional job,'' Lt. Patrick Howard said. ``All of the procedures were followed, people kept calm and did what they were supposed to do.''

Howard said the robber did not use a weapon and police would not say how much money was taken. No injuries were reported.

Edgardo Maldonado, 50, of Hartford, was charged with first-degree robbery. He was held in the police lockup late Tuesday with bail set at $250,000.

Maldonado has a criminal arrest record that dates back more than 10 years and includes criminal convictions for unlawful restraint, breach of peace, larceny and violation of probation, state Department of Correction records show.

Maldonado is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Middletown today. 
December 21, 2005

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