Attempted Hempstead bank robbery ends in car crash

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Prince Conteh, 26, unsuccessfully robbed a bank when he left empty handed and crashed into a police car during his escape. (Nassau County PD)

Prince Conteh, 26, unsuccessfully robbed a bank when he left empty handed and crashed into a police car during his escape. (Nassau County PD)

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — An unlucky bank robber got more than he bargained for when he crashed into a police car after fleeing a bank empty handed Saturday morning.

Prince Conteh, 26, of Lowell, Massachusetts, entered a Bank of America location at 3 Main St. around 11:50 a.m. and demanded that the teller give him cash. He was armed with a shotgun, according to police.

She refused to hand over any money and he left the bank.

While fleeing, Conteh collided with the responding Hempstead officer’s car, then continued driving and hit a pole, officials said.

Conteh got out of his car and ran, and dropped the shotgun along the way.

Police caught Conteh with bystanders’ assistance and they found the gun nearby.

The officer involved in the crash was taken to a hospital and treated for neck and back pain.

No other injuries were reported.

Conteh is being charged with first degree attempted robbery, second degree criminal use of a firearm, second degree criminal possession of a weapon and second degree assault.

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