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Police seek suspect who stalked/robbed couple
Rochester, N.Y. - Rochester police say a suspect stalked a couple inside a downtown bank last Wednesday, saw them withdraw a large amount of money, then followed them outside.
"We were attacked. The guy came from nowhere," said Victor Kuleszyn who sits in his wheel chair outside his apartment on St. Paul Blvd.
He got a very good look at the man responsible. Yet police will not have to rely on his word or description. Security cameras along Franklin Circle near the Liberty Pole captured their own images of the suspect leaving the bank.
Kuleszyn had just withdrawn $6,000 - his life's savings. The same outdoor security cameras capture him leaving the Citizens Bank branch on Franklin Street with his friend who does not want to be identified. She is carrying the money in a plastic grocery bag.
That's when they were approached by the suspect.
"First he asked (her) for a quarter," said Kuleszyn. "I turned around and said we don't have no quarter."
His friend picked up the story from here and demonstrated by holding a similar plastic bag. "He said 'what is this?' and he's grabbing my bag," she said. "He's pushing the bag from my hand and I didn't let it go."
She has a gash below her elbow from where the suspect knocked her down, and large black bruises on her toes, ankle and leg from being pulled off the curb and dragged.
"He just grab her and drag her because she doesn't want to quit,' said Kuleszyn. "He didn't care if she died or if she was killed."
The victim says she got up in spite of the pain. "I was running like a crazy - screaming 'somebody call police.' Somehow - I don' t know where that power came - from but I was running after him," she said.
Security photos inside the bank show the suspect trying to cash a check, then hanging around to wait. Police say he then went outside to wait a bit longer - located the couple as they left - then ran down a side street to catch up with them.
All of that is caught on various security cameras located outside downtown buildings. The actual attack is obscured by a tree but police say it's clear it's the same suspect.
"He went straight to her because he knew she had the money," said Kuleszyn.
Police need help identifying the man in the security images. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 423-9300.
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