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Freed N.Y. Heist Suspect Robs Again

A Rochester, N.Y. man who was released without bail last month after his arrest in a Perinton bank robbery is now in jail and charged with pulling a bank heist in the city this week.

Agustin Marquez, 32, of 115 Berlin St. was one of three men arrested this week in city bank robberies, Rochester police announced Friday.

He is charged with first-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny in connection with the robbery of the HSBC branch at 762 Joseph Ave. on Thursday. But this isn't the first time he's been charged with bank robbery, police said.

Marquez was charged last month in connection with a Nov. 28 heist at the HSBC branch at 627 Pittsford Victor Road, Perinton. He was arraigned on that case Dec. 19 in Perinton Town Court by Justice Michael H. Arnold, court officials said.

Arnold did not require Marquez to post any bail and allowed him to go free on his own recognizance. That decision, according to police and the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, is both frustrating and perplexing.

"I can't tell you what the judge thought," District Attorney Michael Green said Friday. "We certainly felt he should be held at the time."

The District Attorney's Office had requested that Marquez be held on $5,000 bail, Green said.

Arnold could not be reached for comment.

Rochester police Commander Robert Wale admitted it is frustrating that a suspect was released without having to post bail. But he said the circumstances involving the Perinton robbery were a little different. That robbery didn't involve a weapon and Marquez turned himself in, he said.

In Thursday's robbery, the suspect displayed a gun and investigators followed footprints in the snow.

Monroe County, Rochester in particular, has seen a serious increase in bank robberies last year.

The city had 49 bank robberies last year, up from 22 in 2002. Experts blame the spike on drug abuse and poverty.

City police said they have made 26 arrests related to last year's heists and have nine active leads in others.

"It's one of the most solvable crimes," Wale said.

The other bank robbery suspects arrested this week were: Stacy Moss, 33, of 18 Backus St. He was charged in connection with the Charter One Bank at 40 Franklin St. on Dec. 8. He was arrested Friday.

James Haines, 27, of Willhurst Drive, Gates. He was charged in a Dec. 31 robbery at the M&T Bank branch at 16 W. Main St. He was arrested Monday.

Moss and Haines face the same charges as Marquez.

Haines also has a bank robbery charge in his recent past. He is accused of robbing the Chase Bank in Gates on Dec. 30.

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