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Off-Duty Officer Aids In Middletown Bank Robbery Arrests

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Hakim Salam (left) and Mustafa Muhammad (Courtesy Middletown police)

Hakim Salam (left) and Mustafa Muhammad (Courtesy Middletown police)

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) _ Two New Haven men have been arrested for a Monday morning bank at a TD Bank branch at 911 Washington St. in Middletown. It happened around 9:20 a.m.

Arrested is Hakim Salam, 47, and Mustafa Muhammed, 44.

Salam is charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, third-degree larceny, third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, second-degree breach of peace, operating under suspension, misuse of a marker plate, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Muhammed is charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, third-degree larceny, third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, and second-degree breach of peace. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Helping in the arrests was off-duty Guilford Police Officer David Olszewski, a six year veteran, who was shopping with his family in the area of the bank when he noticed a white vehicle parked behind the bank with two black males donning masks and gloves.

One of the men covered the registration plate with a card board plate and they both proceeded toward the front to enter the bank. Olszewski immediately recognized the situation as a potential robbery attempt. He called Middletown police while keeping an eye on the parked vehicle from a safe distance.

Inside the bank, it was discovered that the masked men jumped the counter in dynamic fashion and quickly made their intentions known by rummaging through tellers money drawers and collecting over $3,500 in cash. One employee reported that one of the masked men reached into his pocket and was moving his hand around as if he had a weapon. No weapon was ever shown.

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