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Rochester man arrested for bank robbery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2014

     ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Thomas A. Visconte, 58, of Rochester, N.Y., was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with bank robbery.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer M. Noto, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on April 22, 2014, the defendant robbed the Chase Bank at 520 Portland Avenue in Rochester. The complaint states that Visconte entered the bank and handed a teller a note that read, “This is a robbery, gimme all of the $100s, $50s, $20s, and $10s, I have a gun.” As the teller complied and began to hand the defendant money from her drawer, Visconte stated, “Gimme more, hurry up.”  After taking the money, the defendant took back the demand note, left the bank and fled the scene in a car.

Visconte made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson. He is due back in court May 27, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.

The charges are the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli. 

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.