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#1 Jun 13, 2013
Irondequoit cops make arrests in bank robbery

A 24-year-old Rochester man accused of robbing an Irondequoit bank last month and torching a stolen car is facing felony charges.

Alejandro Lopez pleaded not guilty in Irondequoit Town Court Saturday to two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, felonies, said Irondequoit Police Sgt. Mark Bean.

Lopez is accused of robbing the Canandaigua National Bank, 2128 Hudson Ave., at gunpoint shortly after the bank opened on May 28, Bean said. Lopez left the bank that morning with an undisclosed amount of cash and is also accused threatening a bank employee, stealing that employee’s car and driving the car away from the scene, Bean said.

No injuries were reported.

Lopez and a second man, Anthony Benitez, 25, also of Rochester are also accused of intentionally burning the stolen sedan about 15 hours after the robbery.

Benitez Wednesday morning pleaded not guilty to one count of third-degree arson, a felony, in connection with the car fire. According to City Court documents, Benitez and Lopez are accused of torching the car on Reliance Street Rochester on May 28. The car sustained significant damage.

Both men are being held in the Monroe County Jail. Lopez is being held on $250,000 cash bail or $500,000 bond and Benitez was remanded to the jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $75,000 bond.

Rochester police officers and firefighters, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Monroe County District Attorney’s Office assisted Irondequoit police with the investigation.

Additional charges are pending, Bean said.

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