Waterville Police make arrest in Bangor Savings Bank robbery

4:49 PM, Feb 28, 2014   |    comments
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WATERVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Waterville Police arrested David Alvarez, 28, of 6 Wadsworth Street in Thomaston, following a robbery at the Bangor Savings Bank on Main Street this morning.

At approximately 9:02am, the Waterville Regional Communication Center received a call from an alarm company advising of a holdup alarm at the Bangor Savings Bank. Multiple units responded and within minutes had a perimeter set up in the area of Main Street, Eustis Parkway and North Street.

Employees and customers at the bank informed the responding detectives that a male subject in his 20's entered the bank, and handed a teller a note containing a threat and demanding money.

The male subject fled from the bank a few moments later with an undisclosed amount of cash. Witnesses outside the bank reported seeing the robber flee through the Elm Plaza parking lot and around behind Champion's Fitness Center.

The Waterville Police Department was aided by the State Police, Kennebec Sheriff's Office, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and officers from the Winslow, Oakland, and Fairfield police departments. A Maine State Police canine unit conducted a track of the suspect, and it was ultimately determined that the suspect got into a vehicle in the area of McDonalds on Main Street. Detectives from the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team also assisted with the collection and preservation of several pieces of physical evidence.

Waterville Detective Sergeant Bonney broadcast an image of the robber taken from bank surveillance cameras to local police units, in the hopes that the suspect would be recognized. Waterville Police Officer Lefferts immediately identified the robber as David Alvarez.

Waterville Police Department's primary investigator, Detective Caron gathered information which led him to the area of College Avenue where he witnessed Alvarez enter a vehicle which arrived to pick him up. Waterville Police units converged on the area and stopped the vehicle on Elm Street, arresting Alvarez and briefly detaining two other individuals who were released without charges. Detectives located a large amount of cash on Alvarez at the time of his arrest.

Alvarez was transported to the Waterville Police Department where he was charged with Robbery, Theft and Probation Hold.

Bail was set at $10,500 cash, and a court date of April 15th in the Kennebec Superior Court was established. Mr. Alvarez has been transported to an area hospital for medical clearance for an
unspecified medical condition and will ultimately be transported to the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta.

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