Suspect arrested in recent armed bank robbery cases, say Ithaca officials

“A multi-jurisdictional task force has arrested a subject connected to two bank robberies committed in the Ithaca area over the last several weeks,” according to a statement this morning.

A still from security video released by the Sheriff’s Office of a robbery at CFCU in Lansing.

The Ithaca Police Department says 32-year-old Chaio Slater of Ithaca has been charged with two counts of robbery in the second degree, a class B felony, was arraigned in Town of Lansing Court on Friday, and is being held in Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $300,000 bond.

The arrest comes in the cases of a December 5th armed robbery at the Tompkins Trust Company branch on Meadow Street in the City of Ithaca, and the January 17th armed robbery at the CFCU Community Credit Union on Sheraton Drive in the Village of Lansing.

Chaio Slater, arrested Friday in connection with recent bank robberies. Photo courtesy of IPD.

According to IPD public information officer Jamie Williamson, law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation and subsequent arrest are the Ithaca Police Department, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police, Cornell University Police Department, Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mayor Svante Myrick calls it “a great job” by the combined agencies.


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