Schenectady bank robbery suspect to get 6 months in jail
SCHENECTADY A suspect in an October bank robbery will get six months in jail after a guilty plea on Friday.
A prosecutor said the plea deal was based on the man’s lack of a criminal history and circumstances leading up to the robbery.
Aram Silva, 28, pleaded guilty in Schenectady County Court to one count of third-degree attempted robbery, a felony.
Silva was accused of robbing the Trustco Bank at 1700 Union St. on Oct. 2, doing so by handing the clerk a note demanding money and saying he had a bomb, authorities said. No bomb was displayed.
Police were called to the bank branch after a teller’s alarm was activated. Workers at the bank indicated that the robber had fled through a rear exit toward Eastern Parkway with an undetermined amount of cash.
Armed with a description of him, officers began checking the area and Silva, who matched the description, was stopped near Central Park. He was taken into custody after being identified as the suspect.
“The police did a nice job tracking him down in Central Park and the money was recovered,” prosecutor William Sanderson said.
Silva was originally charged with first-degree robbery. Silva’s actions, however, only rose to the level of third-degree robbery, as he made no motions that would have made the clerk believe he actually had a bomb and did not display one.
Silva is the brother of 30-year-old Israel “Bobby” Silva, who died in June 2012 when his head was caught in a dumbwaiter inside the basement kitchen of the Bangkok Bistro downtown.
All the factors in the case led to the offer of six months in jail, Sanderson said.
Judge Polly Hoye agreed to the deal.