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Police nab alleged Hatfield bank robber after wild car chase

(Massachusetts State Police)

A 30-year-old man was arrested Monday for allegedly robbing a Hatfield bank while armed with a stick and leading police on a car chase before fleeing on foot across a highway into a wooded area, Massachusetts State Police said.

Michael V. Taylor, who has an address in Mattapan but is believed to be living in Springfield, was charged with armed robbery, resisting arrest, and failure to stop for police, State Police spokesman David Procopio said.

About 9:30 a.m., State Police received a report of an armed robbery at People’s United Bank on West Street. Police learned that Taylor allegedly was armed with a stick and had fled the scene with the stolen money in his vehicle, Procopio said.

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Taylor allegedly headed north on Route 5 in a red Jeep.

Troopers and local police departments were advised to be on the lookout for the Jeep, Procopio said. A State Police detective later observed a Jeep Liberty driving on Interstate 91 Southbound in Northampton, but during an attempt to stop the vehicle, Taylor refused to pull over, Procopio said.

He drove into Holyoke while on Route 91, got out of his Jeep, and ran across the highway to the northbound side and then into the woods, Procopio said.

State Police and Easthampton K-9 units set up a perimeter in the area, and about 1:53 p.m. they found Taylor hiding behind the Holyoke Canoe Club along the Connecticut River, Procopio said.

A backpack with what police believed to be stolen money was found in the river.

Taylor was immediately taken into custody, Procopio said.


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