Police: Hartford bank robbery suspect quickly apprehended nearby

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HARTFORD — Police said they have arrested a 21-year-old man following a bank robbery that drew a large law enforcement response in the Parkville neighborhood Thursday morning.

Police were notified of a hold-up alarm at the Key Bank on Park Street near Sisson Avenue around 11:20 a.m., according to Hartford police Lt. Aaron Boisvert.

A man passed a threatening note to a teller and demanded money, according to police.

“The area was quickly saturated,” with other law enforcement agencies, including the state police, West Hartford police and Newington police, Boisvert said.

Newington officers spotted a man matching the suspect’s description on Willard Street, and apprehended him “with a large amount of cash,” Boisvert said.

Witnesses later identified the man, and police said the robbery was also captured on video. No one was injured during the incident.

Police charged Hartford resident Giovanny Torres with first-degree robbery and second-degree threatening. Torrest was also charged with breach of peace, interfering with police and third-degree larceny.