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Police arrest man accused of two bank robberies

ALBANY -- Police arrested a man they believe is responsible for holding up two banks in one day last week.

Leon Samuel, 46, from Albany is in custody after officials say they identified him as the suspect in two bank robberies last Friday. In the first case, authorities were called to the scene at about 3:15 p.m. at the Trustco Bank located at 40 Central Avenue. The teller there told officers that a man approached the counter and passed a note demanding money, but fled before taking anything.

Just 15 minutes later, police responded to First Niagara Bank at 911 Central Avenue where the teller said a man approached the counter and passed a note demanding money. This time, the teller complied and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Investigators say they determined the same person was responsible for both incidents. Later that night, Albany Police Officer Timothy Geisel saw a man matching the suspect's description near Second and Judson Streets and stopped him.

Samuel was arrested without incident. Officials say he is on probation from a previous bank robbery and is now facing one count of attempted robbery and one count of robbery.
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