Bank robbery suspect tries to hail cab

June 25, 2008 5:37:24 AM PDT
Police say a suspect in a bank robbery on Long Island tried to get away by hailing a cab.

Police say a man walked into a Washington Mutual Bank on Merrick Road in Copiague about 10:02 a.m. Tuesday and passed a note to a teller announcing a robbery and demanding cash. The teller complied, handing over some money along with a dye pack.

Police say the pack exploded as the man fled, causing him to drop the cash - but not before his clothes were stained red.

A witness told responding officers of a man fitting the robber's description getting into a cab. Police tracked the passenger to his home where officers arrested him after noticing red dye on his clothes.