Police Arrest New Haven Bank Robbery Suspect

Charles Woodard is accused of robbing one bank and trying to rob another.

By Ari Mason
|  Sunday, May 25, 2014  |  Updated 8:50 PM EDT
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Police Arrest New Haven Bank Robbery Suspect

New Haven Police Department

Charles Woodard, 40, is accused of robbing one New Haven bank and trying to rob another in mid-April.

Police have arrested the man accused of robbing one New Haven bank and trying to rob another.

Charles Woodard, 40, of Farren Avenue in New Haven, is charged with first-degree robbery after allegedly robbing the Santander Bank at 215 Grand Avenue on April 15, the day after a failed robbery attempt at the People’s United Bank at 150 Whalley Avenue, according to police.

Police identified Woodard as the suspect in both robberies during a five-week investigation with help from the FBI, authorities said.

They obtained an arrest warrant on May 22 and took Woodard into custody at his home on May 23.

Detectives searched his house and found evidence of the robberies, along with a handgun, ammunition and crack cocaine, according to police.

Police said Woodard confessed to both crimes.

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