Arrest made in New Britain bank robbery

Israel Ortiz, 28, of New Britain faces multiple charges stemming from a bank robbery Wednesday (Photo: New Britain Police)

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — A man accused of robbing a bank on Allen Street Wednesday morning was apprehended by police just a few hours later.

Just after 8:00 a.m., officers responded to the TD Bank at 252 Allen Street on a report of an armed robbery. Witnesses told police that a man wearing all black entered the bank, showed a gun, and demanded cash.

Tellers complied with the robber’s requests, and he fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. Shortly after the robbery, officers received information that the suspect could be in the area of 100 West Street.

Police searched the exterior of 100 West Street and found a plastic bag with some money buried in the snow. Through their investigation, officers determined their suspect to be 28-year-old Israel Ortiz, of New Britain.

Ortiz was later found by police at the New Britain courthouse where he was appearing for a court date.  Ortiz was arrested at the courthouse. Upon his arrest, officers seized several hundred dollars that Ortiz had in his possession.

Ortiz was charged with robbery, larceny, interfering, violation of a protective order (from a previous unrelated incident), and trespassing.

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