A suspected serial bank robber was arrested near the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan after trying to flee police, causing chaos during the busy evening rush hour, authorities said.
The suspect was involved in five bank robberies in Midtown Thursday before police started chasing him. The accused robber drove a green Ford with New Hampshire plates toward the Lincoln Tunnel, a likely escape route, and then went up onto the sidewalk on 31st Street and Ninth Avenue to try and get around traffic.
A nearby construction worker flagged down Port Authority police officer Joshua Maarleveld, who ordered the suspect to stop.
"We both give the guy commands -- get down, get down," said Maarleveld. "He's not listening."
The suspect ran from the vehicle, and Maarleveld joined NYPD and Amtrak police as they caught up with him and surrounded him at gunpoint on the 33rd Street entrance ramp. Moments later, an NYPD lieutenant tackled and arrested the suspect.
"Anytime we can put a bad guy in jail, that's great," said Maarleveld.
Police said an accomplice assisted the suspect in the robberies, and were still looking for the second suspect, identified as 47-year-old Frank Mione (pictured at left). Drivers near where the accused robber crashed the getaway car felt confident police would catch the second man.
"I'm glad," said Brian Pitchford of Jersey City. "Hopefully they catch him and bring him to justice."