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Suspected Bank Robber Allegedly Shoots Arrows At Police

March 24, 1987

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) _ A man who allegedly robbed a Martha’s Vineyard bank Tuesday fired two arrows at a police officer chasing him in a wooded area, state police said.

No one was injured.

William Sweeney, 35, of Tisbury allegedly stole $3,880 from the Dukes County Savings Bank after telling bank workers he had a gun, said state police Sgt. Jim Sartori. He fled without showing a weapon.

Alerted by a bank alarm, officers caught up with the suspect’s car, Sartori said. After a chase of several miles, Sweeney got out of his car armed with a bow and arrow and went into the woods, Sartori said.

The suspect fired two arrows in the direction of acting Chief Jeff Manter of West Tisbury before he was caught, the sergeant said.

All the money was recovered, Sartori said.

Sweeney was charged with two counts of attempted murder, armed robbery, driving to endanger, failing to stop for a police officer and speeding, Sartori said. He was held at the Dukes County House of Corrections for arraignment Thursday.

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