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A ceremony was held on the Canisius campus to honor those who apprehended a suspect in a robbery at the M&T bank at Jefferson and Delevan Avenues on September 4. George Gast, chief of NFTA Transit Police, presented commendations to Brian S. McIntyre, officer for public safety; Andrew M.  Nowak, lieutenant for public safety; Matthew Srodawa, officer for public safety; and Amanda Summers, officer for public safety. Gary Everett, director of public safety, presented recognitions to NFTA OfficersJoseph Ippolito and Vincent Mancino.

Photo right (l-r) Gary Everett, director of public safety; Matthew Srodawa, officer for public safety; Andrew Nowak, lieutentant for public safety; Amanda Summers, officer for public safety; Brian McIntyre, officer for public safety, and Joe Ippolito and Vincent Mancino, both NFTA police officers

The apprehension of the robbery suspect was the result of collaboration between The Buffalo Police Department (BPD), Canisius College Public Safety (CCPS) and NFTA Police. In late August, Canisius Director of Public Safety Gary Everett disseminated real-time intelligence from BPD about a suspicious individual at the M&T at Jefferson and Delevan Avenues. The suspect returned on September 4 and held up the bank.

CCPS Officer McIntyre saw a male matching the suspect’s description on Florida Street and began pursuit. Upon arrival of the BPD and Transit Police, a perimeter was set up and the suspect was soon apprehended nearby. He was in possession of $2,900 cash and was positively identified by the bank.  The suspect, wanted in series of regional bank holdups, was recently charged at the federal level in relation to these crimes.

“Western New York is known to have strong partnerships and information sharing among law enforcement agencies,” says Everett.  “On September 4, this partnership was demonstrated when three police departments worked together to capture a fleeing bank robber without incident. We remain proud of our front line police officers from all departments who work together to protect our community.”

Photo right: Representatives from Canisius Public Safety, the Buffalo Police Department, the NFTA Police and M&T Bank were on hand to recognize those who apprehend the suspect who robbed the M&T Bank on September 4

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