Police: Bank Robber On FBI Wanted Billboard Kills Self In Standoff
MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) – A bank robber whose picture was on billboards around New England shot and killed himself Wednesday, authorities said.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kendall Buhl reports
Manchester police say they tracked down 35-year-old David Griffin at the Waterford Place Apartments Tuesday night, but he refused to come out, which led to a standoff overnight.
Griffin was wanted for robbing the Bank of America in Hooksett at gunpoint on Oct. 6.
WBZ-TV’s New Hampshire Bureau Chief Lauren Leamancyzk reports.
To generate tips, a surveillance photo of the robber went up on digital billboards in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut Monday.
There was also a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Hooksett Police Department received a tip Tuesday, which led authorities to the apartment complex on Blackberry Way.
“Through several hours of negotiation, the man declined to surrender, making suicidal statements, telling police he was armed with a firearm and further indicating that he did not intend to surrender,” Manchester Police Lt. Maureen Tessier said in a statement.
At 4:30 a.m., Manchester Police SWAT fired tear gas into the apartment, but Griffin did not react.
Two hours later, they sent in a bomb-detecting robot and then officers went in.
They found Griffin dead. He had apparently shot himself.
Investigators later combed Griffin’s apartment for evidence. He lived with his girlfriend and recently got a job selling cars at a Manchester dealership.
Police said Griffin had no criminal history.