The man police have been searching for in connection with a June 5 armed bank robbery in Auburn has been found and placed under arrest.
The Times-News in Erie, Pennsylvania, is reporting that state police found Dustin W. Hall, 31, on Thursday morning at a truck stop in the western part of that state. The newspaper reported that New York law enforcement had contacted state police in Erie to tell them Hall might be in their area, and troopers found a vehicle matching the description given at TA Travel Center in Harborcreek, Pennsylvania.
State police said that when confronted by troopers, Hall refused to comply with orders and fled on foot, but he was quickly chased down and taken into custody. Hall had two loaded firearms when he was found.
Hall was charged by Pennsylvania state police with persons not to possess firearms, firearms not to be carried without a license, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, the newspaper reported. He was arraigned and remanded to Erie County Prison on $150,000 bail.
The Auburn Police Department issued a press release on the case late Friday morning that said they began receiving license plate reader hits Thursday morning on a vehicle connected with Hall in western New York near the border with Pennsylvania. Authorities in that area were contacted to be on the lookout, which resulted in the discovery at the travel center.
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Now that Hall is in custody and charged with crimes in Pennsylvania, he had a right to an extradition hearing regarding his return to New York to answer to the robbery charge. The details of that process were not immediately available.
On June 13, Auburn police announced that Hall was wanted for first-degree robbery in connection with the holdup that happened at approximately 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Generations Bank branch on North Seward Avenue. A man with a pistol and a bandanna covering his face entered the bank and demanded cash. He left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money in an orange Kinney Drugs bag.
Police had warned that Hall, who had connections to the Auburn and Syracuse areas, was "considered armed and dangerous."
In its press release on Friday, Auburn police thanked a long list of agencies that helped with its investigation and search: New York State Police, Pennsylvania State Police; Cayuga County Sheriff's Office; Dryden Police Department; U.S. Marshall Regional Fugitive Task Force; federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Syracuse Police Department; Cayuga County District Attorney's Office; and the Cayuga County 911 Center.