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Red Line proves unreliable - as getaway route for alleged bank robber

Boston Police report arresting a man on charges he held up the Citizens Bank branch at 217 Adams St. in Fields Corner yesterday afternoon.

Police say Magdy Wasif, 41, didn't get far:

Through the officers training and experience, they were aware that perpetrators of crime often utilize public transportation to flee the area of the crime. This also enables them to blend into the community so it is difficult for law enforcement to locate them.

With this in mind, officers traveled to the Fields Corner MBTA station to search for the suspect. An officer observed an individual fitting the description walking up and down the outbound platform. The officer continued to monitor the suspect until additional units arrived. The officer noticed the suspect appeared to breathing heavy and was avoiding eye contact. Once additional officers arrived, they approached the suspect. Seeing the oncoming police presence, the suspect began walking towards the exit. Officers called out to the suspect and asked to speak with him. The suspect refused to stop and stated, "In a minute".

Police say what followed was a violent struggle in which several officers were required to restrain Wasif before charging him with unarmed bank robbery.

This is the second time in the last four months that branch has been held up.

Innocent, etc.

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