CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- A Valley Cottage man has been arrested in Elmsford and is being charged as the suspect in an armed bank robbery Friday in Central Nyack, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
“As alleged, William Mateo entered a bank in Central Nyack with a mask and a gun, robbed the bank of over $6,000, and then fired a shot toward one of the bank tellers," said Preet Bharara, the attorney for the Southern District.
The FBI and Clarkstown Police Department conducted the investigation.
Mateo allegedly committed the gunpoint robbery of the KeyBank in Central Nyack, said Bharara.
At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a mask and gloves, and carrying a semi-automatic handgun.
After entering the bank, Mateo approached two bank tellers, who handed him cash.
Before exiting, he fired a round in the direction of one of the tellers. The bullet hit a wooden partition between two tellers, and no one was injured.
Mateo then exited the bank and fled in a car. His vehicle was captured on the bank’s surveillance cameras and observed by a witness.
In a search of Mateo's residence, law enforcement recovered a mask, a box of gloves matching those worn during the robbery, and a safe containing, among other items, shell casings, live ammunition, and more than $2,000.
After arresting Mateo at a hotel in Elmsford, law enforcement recovered from his hotel room a semi-automatic handgun, a glove, and a firearm magazine.
Mateo subsequently gave a post-arrest statement admitting that he had committed the bank robbery and that he had discharged a firearm during the crime.
In total, Mateo obtained approximately $6,400.
Mateo, 24, is charged with one count of bank robbery, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, and one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, said Bharara.