A man who allegedly staged a brazen robbery at a Fifth Avenue bank was picked up minutes later when his getaway limousine got stuck in traffic just a couple of blocks away, police said.
Sal Travella, 28, of Manhattan, was arrested Wednesday and charged with robbing a Citibank branch in Greenwich Village, police said.The robbery occurred at 9:40 a.m. when a man, armed with what looked like an Uzi submachine gun, forced his way past a teller's gate and cleaned out two drawers.
The bank manager called police and then ran in the direction of the fleeing thief, finally spotting the suspect in a limousine stuck in traffic two blocks away from the bank, a police spokesman said.
The manager then identified Travella to a lieutenant from the nearby Sixth Precinct who arrested him.
The weapon turned out to be fake.