Woman Arrested after Robbing Bank and Fleeing Police

BABYLON – New York Commercial Bank (NYCB), 400 Main St., / Friday, April 10, 2015 at approximately 3:10 p.m.

Suffolk County Police today arrested a woman after she robbed a Babylon bank and then led officers on a vehicle chase in an attempt to avoid arrest.

Julia Rigby entered the New York Commercial Bank (NYCB) located at 400 Main Street, and presented a note to a teller stating that she was armed and demanded money.

The teller complied with Rigby’s demands and gave her an undetermined amount of cash. Rigby then fled the scene in a red vehicle, at approximately 3:10 p.m.

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Witnesses at the bank provided the responding police officers with a description of the vehicle in which Rigby fled. That vehicle was spotted a short time later in the vicinity of Hubbards Path, West Babylon. As the responding officers attempted to stop Rigby, she fled from the officers, but was captured a short distance away, at approximately 3:21 p.m.

Rigby, 44, of Bayport, was also charged with a second robbery occurring at HSBC Bank, located at 85 Route 109, West Babylon on April 2. Pattern Crime Unit detectives are investigating whether Rigby is responsible for other recent bank robberies in Suffolk County.

Rigby was charged with two counts of Robbery 3rd degree, for the two bank robberies. Rigby was also charged with Reckless Driving, and Petit Larceny, for an unrelated theft of merchandise from Kohl’s Department Store in Islip on February 27.

Anyone who has information concerning these incidents is asked to call the Pattern Crimes Unit at 631-852-6726.

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Case Number: RG/2225