Police picked up Brooklyn’s Reuben McLaughlin, 24, moments after he allegedly robbed the Capital One bank located at 70-01 Forest Ave. Tuesday morning.
Based on an investigation, authorities said, McLaughlin was tied to five other recent bank robberies, in which he allegedly passed demand notes to tellers and threatened to shoot them if they did not comply.
Because of the threats involving firearms, law enforcement sources noted, McLaughlin was transferred to the FBI’s New York office and booked on federal armed robbery charges.
According to authorities, the pattern began in Middle Village on Nov. 24, when McLaughlin visited the Capital One bank at 74-11 Metropolitan Ave. He allegedly robbed the branch again on Feb. 14.
Police said the suspect additionally held up the Astoria Bank located at 75-11 Metropolitan Ave., steps away from the Middle Village Capital One, on Dec. 30 and Feb. 4.