At around 1:17 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, Saratoga Springs police reported to the Saratoga National Bank on 91 West Ave. for reports of a bank robbery, according to police reports. An officer arrived in the area of the bank within three minutes and observed the suspect running from the rear of the bank, where the suspect was apprehended within 50 yards of the rear door of the bank, according to police reports.
Justin Dingman, 26, of Porter Corners, allegedly entered the bank and handed a note to one of the tellers, demanding cash and claiming to have a weapon. Dingman then fled the bank with an undetermined amount of cash before being caught a short distance away, and no weapon was recovered or displayed, according to police reports.
Dingman was charged with robbery in the first degree, a violent felony charge that carries a maximum sentence of eight and one third to 25 years in prison, according to Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy.
Murphy recommended bail be set in the amount of $25,000 cash, $50,000 bond at his arraignment in Saratoga Springs City Court Tuesday afternoon, according to information from Murphy's office.
"This matter will be transferred from city court to the Saratoga County Grand Jury in Ballston Spa. We will seek an indictment for robbery in the first degree. I am thankful the teller is physically unharmed. I have spoken to Saratoga National Bank President and CEO Raymond O'Connor and briefed him on the details of the case from the prosecution's perspective. At the conclusion of the police investigation the grand jury may wish to add additional charges," said Murphy in a statement. "All of the money was immediately recovered thankfully what began as a very dangerous situation ended without injury."
The matter has been scheduled for a return date in Saratoga Springs City Court for assignment of counsel on Thursday, July 22.
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