Police: Suspected Bank Robber Shot In Midtown

NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS) – A police officer shot a bank-robbery suspect Thursday near one of the busiest spots in Manhattan.

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Police officers gather outside a Chase bank, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Police say the man was wielding a knife and was shot by an officer after trying to rob a Chase bank branch located right next to entrances to Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.

John Daniel Stolarz, 69, entered the bank on 7th Avenue around 12:30 p.m.  During the attempted robbery, Stolarz demanded money from the customer service desk instead of from a bank teller, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.

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When told by the customer service representative that she had no money, Stolarz left the branch.

A bank manager notified police and on-duty cops followed the man as he went into and exited Penn Station.

Police said the suspect refused repeated demands by authorities to drop his weapon.

Also Thursday, police said Stolarz was released Wednesday from Fairton Federal Correctional Institution in New Jersey for armed bank robbery.

Stolarz has served approximately 21 years in Federal prisons for armed bank robberies in Utah, Louisiana, Washington State and Nevada, police said.

The shooting happened away from the hubbub of the area, down the block in a less-heavily trafficked area in front of an Amtrak loading dock.

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Suspect's knife (Photo/DCPI)

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne says Stolarz was shot once in the leg.  D’Auria reported that the suspect had been taken to Bellevue Hospital and was in stable condition.

Manhattanite Ethan Harp says he saw the whole thing. The freelance journalist says, “the officer seemed very calm.”

Authorities have blocked off a portion of West 31st Street right near the bank, which is temporarily shuttered.

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  • maverick

    why not just knock him with a billy club? why shoot the old man holding a paring knife? Gun happy and some of the comments indicate a level of love for deadly force. Why? Shoot to kill? Was he a deadly threat to anyone? Why not just use maise spray or pepper spray? PUT AWAY THE GUNS UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.

  • NYCKim

    I agree with Jay
    ‎69 years old? Frequent resident of the State? Robbed plenty of banks before? This was a cry for help. The man missed being in jail where he has spent a lot of time and felt comfortable. He knows darn well how to rob a bank. Why go to customer service? It’s getting cold out and times are hard. It’s either that or dementia. Glad they just shot him in a limb. I give that cop a lot of credit for restraint.
    But Mike – Are you sure you had nothing to do with this?

  • nyfmp

    Hmm…”Let’s all be carefull out there”!

  • eguia uria maria luisa

    An elderly in a bank robbery with a knive and going to customer service!
    How cleaver is that?

  • BS Meter

    Lots more $$$ disappears across NY State by our elected officials.. too bad its not this cut/dry who the robber are?

  • Jay

    I think it was a cry for help!

  • Mark

    What ever happened to aiming for the “center of mass” ???? This will end up costing thousands in medical and legal bills all for the price of one misplaced bullet. Next time aim 2 feet higher and save everyone a lot of trouble.

  • Chris

    Robbing a bank right by Penn Station was a stupid thing to do.

  • Sheek

    Times Are Hard

  • Charlie

    Too bad he didn’t get him in the head.

  • Logicfailure

    Brought a knife to a gunfight…Classic!

  • crystal

    60s year old man is the robber? I can not believe it

  • time

    guys it time to get into action http://www.kriegsview.com VOTE NOV2nd

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