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Rochester man charged in bank robbery that led to crash appears in court

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A Rochester man, accused of robbing a bank and almost running over a police officer with his vehicle as he tried to get away, appeared in court Monday morning to answer charges.

Robert Williams was ordered held on no bail on charges of robbery, grand larceny and reckless endangerment.

Police say Williams is the man who entered the M&T Bank at 1882 East Avenue Saturday morning and demanded money from the teller.

In court papers released Monday morning, the teller told officers that Williams entered the bank wearing a hoodie, a black mask and sunglasses. The teller says Williams demanded she empty her drawer. When she did, she says Williams wasn’t satisfied.

“I gave him all the cash I had — he didn’t believe it was all I had. He was getting mad and threatened to shoot me.”

After getting more cash from her and another teller, the worker says Williams started flipping through his bag, looking for dye packs.

After leaving the bank, the situation got even more perilous as police say Williams, who officers say has 27 suspensions on his license, attempted to hit a police officer after the suspect was spotted on Melville Street in Rochester.

According to the court paperwork, Williams used “his vehicle to attempt to strike uniformed police officer Kelly Mackin, narrowly missing Officer Mackin.”

Shortly after, police say Williams hit a parked vehicle and ran away on foot. He was arrested after officers found him hiding with the money underneath a porch on Westchester Avenue.

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