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BPD Arrest Mother & Son in Bank Robberies

Buffalo police have arrested a mother and her son in connection with an attempted robbery, and a robbery on consecutive days - at the same bank.

The incidents occurred this past summer on August 25th and August 26th.

Police say a woman attempted to rob the M & T Bank at 130 Grant Street at approximately 10AM on August 25th. She handed a note to a teller demanding money, but then left the bank empty handed.

Police have now identified the suspect as 39 year old Priscilla Simmons of Baynes Avenue in Buffalo. She has been charged with: Attempted Robbery in the 3rd degree.

On the very next day, her son, 22 year old James W. Tyson, of the same Baynes Avenue address, robbed the same bank on Grant Street.

At about 10:30AM on August 26th, he entered the same bank, and passed a note to a teller demanding cash.

Tyson made off with an undisclosed amount of money and then fled from the bank on foot.

Tyson has been charged with: Robbery in the 3rd degree.

"Buffalo detectives regularly work in cooperation with bank security officials, other law enforcement agencies and the Erie Crime Analysis Center, in an effort to solve bank robberies at financial institutions," said Dennis J. Richards, Chief of Detectives.

Richards added: "We often see individuals attempt to commit more than one robbery, and in these two cases, the same bank was targeted by both a mother and her son."

After an extensive investigation by "D" District Detectives Deborah Mulhern and Ellen Nowadly the two were arrested and charged Wednesday morning, December 2nd, at about 9:30am.