Suspended NYC cop pleads guilty in robbery

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Rookie officer Christian Torres, 21, had his New York Police Department badge and identification card on him when he was arrested, Muhlenberg Township police said.</span></div>
June 17, 2008 5:31:25 AM PDT
A suspended New York City transit policeman remains in federal custody following a guilty plea in the April 10 armed robbery of a Berks County bank.

Federal charges are also pending against 21-year-old Christian Torres in two bank robberies in New York City. He pleaded guilty Monday in Reading to robbing a bank in Muhlenberg Township using a firearm.

The weapons charge carries a mandatory seven-year sentence under federal guidelines, in addition to the robbery sentence.

Authorities say $116,000 was taken in the Muhlenberg Township robbery. Torres was apprehended in a minivan a few blocks from the bank when employees alerted police with a silent alarm.

He's accused of robbing a bank branch in Queens twice in 2007, once taking $16,000 and a second time making off with $102,000.

Information from: Reading Eagle,