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Police searching for suspect in York bank robbery, Massachusetts car chase

The suspect, Brandon Simmons of New Hampshire, fled the bank in a white utility van, according to police.

YORK, Maine — Editor's note: The video above aired May 8, 2021.

Police are looking for a man who allegedly robbed a bank in York Monday morning, before leading police in Salisbury, Massachusetts on a high-speed chase later that afternoon. 

Salisbury police officers stopped a van just before 5 p.m. that matched the description of the van used in the alleged robbery at Bangor Savings Bank on Route 1.

Police said they identified the driver as Brandon Simmons, 34, of Seabrook, New Hampshire. 

Simmons allegedly fled the bank around 10 a.m. with an undisclosed amount of money. York police said he showed a weapon during the robbery, and Massachusetts State Police said he claimed to have a bomb in the bank. 

But police said that when he was stopped in Salisbury, Simmons hit an officer in the face and sped off again.

The driver, believed to be Simmons, led officers into Seabrook where local and state police joined in the chase. Police deemed the chase too dangerous to pursue, so they ended it. Shortly after, police said Simmons crashed into another car at the intersection of Elm and Gardner streets. The driver of the car was taken to Anna Jaques Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. 

Police said Simmons then ran into a nearby neighborhood. He is believed to be wearing a grey-black camouflage sweatshirt and black pants. 

Police ask anyone who may have information about the robbery to contact Det. Thomas Cryan at 207-363-1031 or tcryan@yorkpolice.org. People can also leave an anonymous tip through Seacoast Crime Stoppers.

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