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Charlotte Amalie
Monday, July 15, 2024


A suspect is reported to be in police custody after an attempted armed robbery at the Chase Manhattan Bank Waterfront branch at 9:40 a.m. Friday.
A release from Territorial Police Chief Jose Garcia said little the suspect, identified as Jensen Alexander, entered the bank, approached the teller and demanded money.
The quick-thinking teller gave Jensen a stack of U.S. currency with a dye pack attached. When Jensen got outside the bank, the dye exploded on his clothing. A Territorial Court marshal, Vince Simmones, who was in the bank line was alerted by the teller that Jensen had just robbed the bank and within minutes of the robbery tracked down Jensen outside the bank and took him into custody.
The teller also activated the silent alarm system.
In a statement Friday afternoon, Chase Manhattan spokeswoman Tynetta McIntosh described the incident as an attempted robbery and said no injuries occurred. McIntosh praised the excellent response of the teller, the branch staff, and the in-branch security officers. She also expressed thanks to the marshal who assisted in the apprehension of the suspect.
The Waterfront branch re-opened at 1 p.m. Friday.
According to the release members of the Safe Streets Task Force arrived and took Jensen to their offices for processing. It did not say if he had been formally charged.

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