Updated Jan. 31, 11:30 a.m.
The two individuals who attempted an armed robbery at a bank in Fresh Meadows on Saturday morning discussed taking a hostage before being taken into custody by cops, according to the criminal complaint filed in federal court.
Testimony revealed that an employee at the Chase bank on 176-70 Union Tpke. activated a silent alarm after the perpetrators — identified as 35-year-old Quaimme Davies of Cambria Heights and 39-year-old Edson Altino of Elmont — entered and demanded access to the bank vault at 9:11 a.m. on Jan. 28.
Davies and Altino, who were armed with a .45 caliber pistol and wearing surgical scrubs, then entered the vault with four bank employees and proceeded to tie up two of the employees. Demanding more money, employees opened a teller window cash drawer and then granted the perpetrators access to the ATM room.
Once inside, Davies opened the door of an ATM, activating an audible alarm, and attempted to flee the bank when he discovered NYPD officers from the 107th Precinct in the lobby.
At this time, an employee heard the perpetrators begin discussing taking a hostage, but decided there were “too many cops.” Altino then tossed the magazine and the firearm in the direction of the officers and the duo was taken into custody.
The total amount of cash taken by the duo totaled $133,794.
Officers from the NYPD Crime Scene Unit remained at the scene after the arrests to collect evidence. The defendants will face federal charges.