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Robbery Suspect Pulled Out of the River

When Nassau County police officers attempted to arrest three suspects in a string of bank robberies in the Massapequa area, two of them surrendered without resistance. A third one, however, tried to escape by jumping into the Massapequa River.

The suspect didn’t get far. Police were able to arrest David Freeland of Schenectady by pulling him out of the canal, where he too surrendered without further incident.

The arrests took place on Friday, June 19, following three bank robberies, all of which took place on the same afternoon. Robbery Squad detectives report the arrests of three individuals for the robberies. Arrested were: Victoria Wiechow of Calverton; Monroe Nash, also of Calverton; and, as noted, David Freeland of Schenectady.

According to detectives, at 3:28 p.m., Wiechow and Nash entered the Washington Mutual Bank located at 1157 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh. Nash approached a teller and made a verbal demand for money while displaying a handgun in his waistband, detectives added. After receiving an undetermined amount of cash the subjects fled on foot to a waiting auto operated by Freeland.

At 4:40 p.m., Wiechow and Nash entered the Capital One Bank located at 369 Merrick Ave., East Meadow, detectives said. Again Nash displayed the weapon in his waistband and demanded cash, detectives added. After obtaining an undetermined amount of cash, they again fled on foot to a white auto operated by Freeland.

At 5:55 p.m., Wiechow and Freeland entered the TD Bank located at 4126 Merrick Rd., Massapequa. This time, detectives said, Freeland displayed the weapon to a teller and demanded cash. The subjects fled on foot and were observed entering a four-door auto bearing a Texas license plate, detectives added. The vehicle was located and stopped by Seventh Precinct Police Officers on Lafayette Place, Massapequa.

Wiechow and Nash were arrested without incident, However, Freeland, as noted, attempted to flee by jumping into the Massapequa River located at the end of Lafayette Place. Officers were able to lift Freeland out of the canal and arrest him.

All three subjects were charged with three counts of Robbery First Degree and Criminal Use of a Firearm First Degree. Freeland is also charged with one count of Robbery Third Degree for the robbery of the Washington Mutual Bank located at 4276 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage, on June 9, 2009. All three defendants were arraigned on June 20. There were no injuries.